NH Joins Lawsuit Threat Against Biden Over Vaccine Mandate
New Hampshire is one of 24 states threatening a lawsuit against President Joe Biden if he does not reconsider his mandate requiring employers with over 100 workers to have their employees vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested for the virus regularly.
Gov. Chris Sununu at a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday hinted that New Hampshire would join in possible legal action.
"I can promise you this. We will be ready for the legal challenges that are likely to come, and New Hampshire will participate one way or another. We need folks to get vaccinated, there's just no question about that," Sununu said. "But this whole, with a sweep of a pen, we're going to force it on 100 million Americans. This was not the right approach."
The letter signed by each state's Attorney Generals said that the mandate will be "disastrous and counterproductive" and will lead many to leave the already tight job market instead of complying.
"Mr. President your vaccination mandate represents not only a threat to individual liberty but a public health disaster that will displace vulnerable workers and exacerbate a nationwide hospital staffing crisis with severe consequences for all Americans," reads the letter signed by each state's Attorney General.
The letter also called into question the legality of the mandate which uses OSHA rules to enforce it.
Biden talked about pushback on the mandate at his own briefing on the economy Thursday calling them "lifesaving requirements." He also took particular aim at Mississippi's state vaccine requirements for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, polio and tetanus.
"But in the midst of a pandemic that has already taken over 660,000 lives, I propose a requirement for COVID vaccines, and the governor of that state calls it a 'tyrannical-type move?' A 'tyrannical-type move?'
"This is the worst kind of politics because it’s putting the lives of citizens of their states, especially children, at risk. And I refuse to give in to it," Biden said.
Sununu nor members of the congressional delegation commented on the lawsuit as of Friday morning. Julian Acciard was the only candidate in the Republican First Congressional District primary to comment.
"Good! I have no problem with States taking more power back from the federal government," he tweeted.
The states signing the letter are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.