Gov. DeSantis: Fla. will fight Biden’s unconstitutional OSHA mandate

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. President Joe Biden’s plan to require vaccinations at all private employers of 100 workers or more has already hit a wall of opposition from Republican governors, state lawmakers and attorneys general.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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UPDATED 2:50 PM PT – Thursday, November 4, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) lays out a plan to fight Joe Biden’s OSHA mandate to force vaccinate private business employees by Jan. 4.

Talking to reporters on Thursday, DeSantis said Biden has no authority to impose medical mandates on private businesses, which amounts to yet another instance of federal overreach.

“The state of Florida’s gonna respond and we will combat the OSHA rule as soon as it’s published. The state of Florida will be joining Georgia and Alabama, as well as private plaintiffs to file a suit,” said the Republican governor.

He also pointed out private sector employers can be held liable for adverse effects of COVID vaccines under existing OSHA rules. Earlier in the day, DeSantis stressed the vaccine mandate will further dampen employment numbers and hurt the U.S. economy.

DeSantis alluded to the fact that the federal government is abusing their power asking, “at what point does the federal government have the limit to their power if they can just go ahead and impose this on the entire private economy through an executive fiat? That’s not the way our constitutional system is set up.”

“People should not be in a situation where they’re faced with the jab or their jobs,” said DeSantis. “People have been working, we don’t want to kick people out of their jobs and that’s true if you’re a police officer, you’re a firefighter. It’s also true if you’re in the private sector and wanna protect people’s jobs. It’s not right to treat people that way. So, that’s just bottom line fundamental.”

Meanwhile, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody confirmed on Thursday she will be initiating a lawsuit against Biden’s mandate, saying it will not go into effect in the Sunshine State.

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