Biden Facing More Lawsuits from Federal Workers and Military Members
There is a growing number of lawsuits coming against the Biden administration and some of the most recent are coming from federal workers along with several members of the military. These lawsuits are focused on a pair of mandates that direct all federal workers and military service members to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Washington Post reported that the lawsuit was filed by a group of plaintiffs including four Air Force officers and a Secret Service agent. They believe that Americans have stayed idle for far too long and have watched the nation’s elected officials satisfy their “voracious appetites for power.”
A total of ten plaintiffs filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington on September 23. They are asking for the judge to place an injunction on President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates that cover all federal workers and contractors, as well as all members of the U.S. military.
In the lawsuit, they argue that the mandates violate their own religious protections, which are clearly identified in the First Amendment. Both of the orders grant exemptions for either religious or medical reasons if the person can qualify, according to The Post.
It was also reported in the news outlet, “Besides its constitutional and statutory claims, the lawsuit, prepared by attorneys in Virginia and San Diego, contains vituperative language for a legal filing, citing the administration’s ‘authoritarian grip’ on the nation and the country’s ‘forty-seven-year subjugation’ to Biden’s ‘vapid political career.”
Biden gave the order for the mandates in September, saying that all federal workers and contractors get the COVID-19 vaccine. This mandate was included in the rollout of a much larger strategy that the president announced to fight the coronavirus. The strategy included a mandate covering all companies in the U.S. with at least 100 employees, ordering that those employers must either ensure their employees are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.
President Biden stated during this huge rollout that it was a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ that was caused by the nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot. He rallied against these people, saying that America had an unprecedented and successful vaccination program and our country had given free vaccines for five months in at least 80,000 different locations.
Biden, then, lashed out at his own federal government team saying that to make matters worse, there were elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Biden said, “Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable.”
This newly aggressive approach to the pandemic came on the heels of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announcing in August an order that all U.S. service members must be vaccinated. That mandate from the Defense Secretary led to a lawsuit from two service members, Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Robert and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Hollie Mulvihill. They filed later in the month.
The Daily Wire reported from the lawsuit, which said that service members who have a natural immunity because they survived the virus should be granted a medical exception from the compulsory vaccination. They cited the Department of Defense instruction policy which reflected the “well-established” understanding that prior infection provides the immune system’s best possible response to COVID-19.
The two service members also filed an injunction to block the vaccine mandate last week while the Pentagon worked to vaccinate all unvaccinated service members.
The servicemen’s attorney Todd Callender said, “These are the healthiest people on the planet in their age group … so why are we rushing? What is the compelling reason forcing the military to say, ‘You must take this vaccine, regardless of what the law says?’”