Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s message to President Joe Biden regarding the federal vaccine mandate he announced Thursday was, “see you in court.”
In his speech Thursday announcing new COVID measures, Biden said he planned to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to compel private companies with more than 100 employees to have every worker vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID infection.
Noem was one of the first of several Republican politicians to object to the new federal mandate publicly. Immediately following Biden’s address, she tweeted at Biden, saying that South Dakota will “stand up to defend freedom” and telling the president she would see him in court.
She later tweeted that her “legal team is standing by” and is ready to file a lawsuit to challenge Biden’s unconstitutional rule. She added that the “gross example of federal intrusion” will not stand.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) called the mandate “insanity” in a tweet and asked Democrats if they were “trying to start a full-on revolt.”
Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that the mandate amounts to “egregious big government overreach.”
In a tweet, Libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) wrote that Biden doesn’t have the power to issue the new mandate. He added that the mandate is “medical tyranny” and that people “will remember” the people who ordered it and those “who did not speak out.”
The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a conservative think-tank, said that the federal government “has no police power” and therefore has no power to force private companies to compel their employees to receive vaccines.
Biden was asked by a reporter on Friday if he believed his new mandate lacked constitutional authority and if it could be successfully challenged by the Republicans who have openly defied the announcement.
His response was, “Have at it.” In criticizing the GOP governors and lawmakers who have questioned his order, he said, “this isn’t a game.”