(USNewsMag.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been touted as a pillar of leadership for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Sunshine State. He refused to shut down when other states were implementing strict measures, leaving the decision up to individuals instead. He also refused to set a vaccine mandate, and now he’s suing the Biden Administration for enacting one.
On Thursday, October 28, DeSantis, along with the state’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, filed a lawsuit in Tampa’s US District Court. In addition to the Biden Administration, the suit names NASA and its administrator Bill Nelson, the Department of Defense (DOD) and officials in the Office of Management and Budget.
The current mandate directive requires all executive branch workers and federal contractors be fully inoculated by December 8. Biden also signed an order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to enforce the mandate as well.
Vaccine Mandate Will Cause ‘Economic Harm’
The lawsuit argues that the widespread vaccine mandate is unlawful, and the state is seeking relief from the threat of “economic harm and the loss of federal contracts.” Additionally, it interferes with the state’s employment policies.
Should the mandate stand, the lawsuit argues, specific state officials would need to receive the vaccine because they regularly interact with federal government contractors. This directive flies in the face of DeSantis’ personal beliefs and would be a slap in the face of his citizens, who he regularly stands up for and trusts to make their own medical decisions.
DeSantis called out the government overreach in a statement, saying, “it is important for us to take a stand because in Florida we believe these are choices based on individual circumstances.”
The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act
In the suit, the state alleges Biden’s administration relies on a 1949 statute: the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (FPASA). However, it does not allow for “ … such a radical intrusion on the personal autonomy of American workers.”
Additionally, a state official, who believes the Biden’s Administration has misunderstood FPASA, cites it does not authorize the use of government contracts “to impose social policy not authorized by Congress.”
Florida is asking the court to set the mandate aside and issue an injunction preventing the executive order from taking effect. It’s unclear when the court will hear the suit, but one thing is evident: DeSantis isn’t taking Biden’s orders lying down.
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