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DeSantis vows to legally challenge Biden's anticipated worker vaccination mandate

AP
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been an outspoken critic of vaccination and mask mandates during the pandemic and contends the federal government doesn’t have the authority to require workers at businesses to be vaccinated.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed Thursday to legally challenge a soon-to-be-released federal rule that would require workers at businesses with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

DeSantis indicated that the case likely will be filed at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which he said is an avenue in challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has developed the rule.

“We are going to contest that immediately,” DeSantis said during an appearance in Fort Myers. “We think the state of Florida has standing to do it, and we also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it.”

DeSantis also suggested that the state Legislature could take action.

“We have to protect the jobs of Floridians,” he said.

DeSantis has been an outspoken critic of vaccination and mask mandates during the coronavirus pandemic and contends the federal government doesn’t have the authority to require workers at businesses to be vaccinated.

But President Joe Biden on Thursday said more needs to be done to vaccinate people and that businesses are increasingly requiring their employees to get the shots.

“Let’s be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us,” Biden said, according to a transcript released by the White House.

Biden said the rule will be released “soon,” though he did not give a specific date.

On Tuesday, the OSHA finalized the initial draft of the order and sent it to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will conduct a standard review of the regulation.

Officials did not immediately provide an estimate for the OMB examination. The agency has 90 days to review the rule or send it back to OSHA for revision. Text of the proposed order won’t be published until OMB completes its review.

Owing to the bureaucracy surrounding the rulemaking process, Biden has encouraged businesses to implement mandates ahead of the final rule being implemented.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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