Utah Attorney General joins 24-states demanding President Biden drop vaccine mandate

FILE - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks during the Utah Republican Party convention on April 26, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Utah's newly re-elected attorney general said Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, he is taking personal leave time to help support President Donald Trump's legal challenges to election procedures. Trump has claimed without evidence that the vote is unfair and rigged. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and 23 other attorneys general (AGs) sent a letter to President Joe Biden Thursday, warning that litigation will follow the implementation of the proposed mandate on private-sector employees to either get a COVID-19 shot, submit to weekly testing, or be fired.

The group outlined their legal and policy concerns with the mandate, which will be carried out through an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) emergency temporary standard.

Reyes stated, “I am committed to continuing leading with my colleagues to push back and fight this mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Both employers and employees in Utah, with unprecedented fervor, have flooded my office with messages of dire concern and extreme opposition to the proposed mandate. I firmly agree.”

Reyes claimed the proposed mandates violate the constitutional separation of powers, reasonable notions of federalism and vastly expand the invasive reach of federal agencies under the guise of “emergency powers.”

The AGs called on President Biden to withdraw his proposed standards. They claimed that forcing them on the business community will be disastrous from a legal, policy, and financial standpoint and will further divide America.”

The coalition of AGs goes beyond legal arguments to address practical policy considerations of such a sweeping order. Most concerning is the potential to drive individuals out of the workforce, particularly healthcare workers, who are most needed right now to fight the pandemic. Additionally, the mandate allegedly ignores the tens of millions of Americans with natural immunity and will drive further skepticism of vaccines.

Utah was joined on the letter by the attorneys general of 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, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


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  • K September 17, 2021 at 7:51 pm Reply

    How about an executive order from Governor Cox saying no mandate. Problem is I believe Cox is a RINO like Romney. He won’t do anything and the Utahns will sit back and do nothing. Just like Governor Cox hasn’t protected women and girls by not doing anything about transgender people infiltrating women’s sports, locker rooms, etc.. I didn’t vote for him and I’m sure glad! Sad he’s our governor…

    • The bull moose party September 22, 2021 at 8:08 am Reply

      No, you are mistaken, Governor Cox is an actual republican and not a wing nut. Why are the wing nuts not screaming about the MMR vaccine mandate? There are and have been vaccine mandates for a long time. I really don’t care if you get vaccinated or not, but if you end up in the hospital with Covid 19. Then you should pay for it and not our tax dollars. Lastly, the anti vax wing nuts are a self correcting problem. Please gather in large indoor areas and hug everyone you see. Remember, no whining when you are sick.

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