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SC Attorney General joins lawsuit to stop vaccine mandate for federal contract workers

SC AG Alan Wilson (SOURCE: WIS)
SC AG Alan Wilson (SOURCE: WIS)
Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 5:58 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 7:26 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced that he will be joining a lawsuit aimed at blocking the requirement for federal contract workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The lawsuit was filed by Georgia’s governor and its University System Board of Regents.

“This is not about whether vaccines are a good idea,” Wilson said. “I’m fully vaccinated and I encourage anyone who can to get it. But the way the Biden administration went about this is unconstitutional and I’m sworn to uphold the Constitution. No one designated President Biden as King Joseph the First.”

Attorney General Wilson says, “that under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, powers that are not delegated to the United States are reserved for the States or the People. Neither Article II of the U.S. Constitution nor any act of Congress authorizes federal agencies of the executive branch to implement the Contractor Mandate. That’s a police power left to the States under the Tenth Amendment. The Biden administration’s actions violate basic principles of separation of powers and federalism and ultimately threaten the liberty interests of all Americans.”

Wilson says that by implementing a mandate that any federal contractor that requires its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration has violated the Tenth Amendment. Therefore, South Carolina and Georgia argue that the Contractor Mandate was adopted by an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Biden administration and must be struck down.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget said the Executive Order that requires contractors and subcontractors to be vaccinated would improve economy and efficiency by reducing absenteeism and lowering labor costs, but the OMB provided no research or data to support that claim. The Contractor Mandate was also never published to the Federal Register for the purpose of receiving public comment, as required.

The Biden administration’s actions violate basic principles of separation of powers and federalism and ultimately threaten the liberty interests of all Americans.

Wilson said the lawsuit requests that the court declare the contractor mandate unlawful, unconstitutional, and unenforceable and grant a temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunction to block its enforcement.

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