On Friday, Texas State Attorney Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden government across an executive action-forcing federal employee to get immunized, saying the directive "a substantial incursion on personal rights, concepts of democracy and division of powers, and the legal system."
The complaint tries to stop the requirement from going into effect, as Biden launched in September. Businesses that deal with the national govt must require their employees to be immunized by Dec. 8.
Biden also unveiled restrictions that will affect private-sector enterprises with more than 100 employees and workers at healthcare institutions that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funds – a total of approximately 100 million Americans. Employees in the private sector have the choice of testing monthly rather than getting immunized; government contractors do not.
Paxton's complaint focuses solely on the contractor mandate.
The White House "has frequently shown its scorn for Americans who choose not to acquire a vaccine, and it has committed repeated and egregious federal overreach to force onto Americans something they do not desire," Paxton said in a written statement Friday.
"The federal government does not have the authority to deprive individuals of their right to choose whether or not to receive a vaccine," Paxton said.
Paxton's action, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, calls the rule an unconstitutional overreach that will worsen workforce shortages and could cost Texas billions in federal contracts.