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Democrat Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas turned her back on fellow Democrats and the Biden administration by opposing the vaccine mandate on employers.
The vaccine mandate impacts companies with more than 100 employees.
Biden’s plan forces employees to receive the injection in the arms or else wear a mask and receive weekly tests.
Agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will reportedly be sent out to police the mandate and ensure compliance.
Kelly is the first Democratic governor to officially oppose the mandate.
Kelly responded, “Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration.”
“While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas,” Kelly said.
“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs,” she said, referring to the fact that Kansas already has systems in place that work for residents.
“I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our on-going efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis,” she said.
Governor Laura Kelly's statement addressing the new federal vaccine mandate: pic.twitter.com/lAFAs3pQLK
— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) November 5, 2021
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Kelly is not the only leader to come out against the president’s employer vaccine mandate.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement on Thursday announcing the organization is suing the Biden administration over the mandate, calling it “authoritarian overreach.”
“Joe Biden failed to shut down the virus as he promised — he couldn’t do his job, so now he wants you to lose yours,” McDaniel said. “This mandate is yet another attack on frontline workers, first responders, small businesses, and the rights of the American people.”
“While I am pro-vaccine, the Biden administration does not have the authority to force hardworking Americans to choose between being vaccinated and providing for their families. That’s why the RNC is suing the Biden administration over this unlawful vaccine mandate and will maintain every legal option to fight this authoritarian overreach.”
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South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem also posted a video on Twitter Thursday telling Biden she would be taking legal action.
“This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans,” Noem tweeted.
“I am announcing that today, we are joining a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates. [Biden], see you in court.”
This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 4, 2021
The Republican National Committee is suing the Biden admin for its forced vaccine mandate. pic.twitter.com/fm0iv5d5Zc
— GOP (@GOP) November 4, 2021