Florida sues Biden over contractor vaccine mandate

Gov Ron Desantis

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is suing the Biden administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis and opened yet another battleground between the Republican governor and the White House. The lawsuit alleges the president doesn’t have the authority to issue the rule and that it violates procurement law.

DeSantis has vowed legal action over federal vaccination requirements and fought masking and vaccine rules implemented by local governments. Biden has argued that the mandates are crucial to bringing an end to the pandemic. But Republicans nationwide have opposed the vaccination requirements and have threatened to bring similar legal challenges.

On Wednesday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order aimed at ensuring that state employees can easily obtain medical and religious exemptions from federal vaccine mandates.

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