NE joins ten other states in filing lawsuit against federal vaccine mandate

(Lincoln, NE) -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson joins AGs from ten other states in filing a lawsuit against the new OSHA mandate that requires COVID vaccinations for companies with 100 or more employees.

The new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that medium and large companies must require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly for the virus and wear masks on the job. The date for compliance is January 4th.

On Friday, Peterson's office announced that Nebraska had joined the lawsuit filed by Missouri AG Eric Schmitt. Peterson said the Biden administration had forced their hands:

“The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly declared that regulation of healthcare matters, including compulsory vaccinations, falls uniquely within the authority of the state, not the federal government. For the first year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Trump and Biden Administrations recognized this. Yet now the Biden Administration is attempting to override state authority by using an executive order to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. By announcing an OSHA rule that is 490 pages long in its preprint form, it is clear that the Biden Administration is trying to create new law through executive order. This Administration has left us no choice but to go to court to protect constitutional boundaries of power and the 44% of Nebraska workers that fall under this unconstitutional mandate.” - Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson

Other state joining Missouri and Nebraska in the suit are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Several private and religious employers have also joined the suit.

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