State attorneys general are fighting the Biden administration over an impending rule that says private sector workers must get COVID shots or show a negative test on a regular basis. One of the attorneys general is Todd Rokita of Indiana, who addresses the legal challenges.
"We are going to fight back and ask not only the 7th [Circuit Court of Appeals] but ultimately probably the Supreme Court to stay this Biden OSHA rule because this isn't a workplace issue.
"We've had this virus around for years now, literally. It's so much more than the workplace … and its decreasing, all the time, by the way. But it's in our houses, our churches, our schools; it's becoming, for better or worse, a part of our lives – and to use the OSHA law to try to mandate this egregious and insidious requirement is too much."
Rokita made his comments on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" on Thursday.
The Indiana AG tweeted yesterday as well:
"Indiana will be taking multiple, aggressive legal actions, both independently and with other states to fight for hard-working Hoosiers and all Americans against Joe Biden’s dictatorial plans."
Senator Mike Braun (R-Indiana) is leading the effort to force a vote on a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. Approximately 40 Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), are participating, but at least 51 senators are needed for it to pass.
On the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" program this week, Paul said even though they may not get what they need, that is no reason to stop fighting.
"Some battles we don't win, but it's still worth having the battle," said Paul. "I'm reminded of the pro-life battles we have; we lose a lot of times, but it's still worth it."
Senator Paul went on to say that it helps people decide in 2022 whether they want someone coming into their doctor's office and telling them what kinds of things they have to take as a patient.
"I think what you saw in the election in Virginia and New Jersey is there is a wave of dissatisfaction over this enormous government that's getting involved in our medical lives, our business lives, our personal lives," said Paul. "So, I think the battle is worth it. I doubt we finally get enough votes. I think we'll get close to 50, but you have to get 51."
Saying "our patience is wearing thin," President Biden announced in September that the Department of Labor was developing a rule to "require all employers with 100 or more employees that together employ over 80 million workers to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week."
"Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this," Biden added.
Companies might be requiring COVID shots, but workers in a variety of industries have demonstrated or spoken out against the COVID shot mandates, especially in recent weeks.