President Joe Biden received a letter from almost 200 state legislators from 30 states requesting that he remove his vaccine mandates, which they called “unconstitutional.”
The letter is written by Rep. Stewart Jones ( R-S.C.), Rep. Tatum Lee ( R-Kans.), and Rep. Josiah Magnuson (R-S.C.).
The letter says the lawmakers hold Biden’s “vaccination mandate as void” and that they “put you on notice that the States are reinserting themselves between the federal government and the People of the United States in order to defend the freedoms and jobs of all Americans.”
They say they will “use every lawful means at our disposal to obstruct, frustrate, and reject your illegal mandate.”
The lawmakers said: “We demand that Biden and the federal government leave people alone,” adding, “we cannot and will not stand by while Americans are being forced to choose between a jab and a job. No one should be forced to take a COVID vaccine against their will. And no President has the power to require that American citizens undergo a medical procedure of his whim.”
Calling Biden’s action a “brazen assault on our freedom,” they “demand [Biden] immediately cease and desist all efforts to mandate the COVID vaccination.”
Jones said that “as State legislators, we took oaths to defend the Constitution of our state and of our country. We are thankful to live in the freest country in the world and we intend to keep it that way.”
Lee said that “Liberty is at stake. We are living on the cusp of tyranny, and we must, as the States united, reign in the power of the federal government by the constitutional authority we have as stated in the 10th Amendment.
“The States give the federal government their power, not the other way around,” she added. “We will not be mocked, nor will we be defeated. The cost to lose is much too great. Today, we stand as the 57th Signer and we pledge our lives, fortunes, and honor against every unconstitutional edict. Today we fight.”
According to Biden, all federal employees, including military personnel, must get vaccinated. More signatures are being sought, and a second letter will be sent as soon as they are acquired, reported Newsmax.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has temporarily put Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate on hold. The government requested the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week to overturn the verdict and enable the order to go through for all employees of corporations with 100 or more employees.
The OSHA rule requires businesses with at least 100 employees, covering tens of millions of American workers, to comply by Jan. 4.
Even though 82 percent of adults in the United States have received at least one vaccine dose, forcing COVID-19 vaccinations has become a divisive political issue regarding the trade-offs between civil liberties and public health.