Image: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (left) appeared with former President Donald Trump when the popular former President endorsed General Paxton for re-election.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin, Amarillo, and Galveston, November 17 – The State of Texas, through Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed two lawsuit actions against the Biden administration’s “Vaccine Mandate Rule” requiring all healthcare workers at facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding and all employees of federal contractors late in the day on Monday, November 15, 2021. The actions continue the vociferous fight of Texas officials against the Biden administration’s clearly unlawful vaccine mandates, which have severely disrupted the entire national economy.
Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration challenging its “Vaccine Mandate Rule.” He explained, “This mandate imposes an unprecedented federal vaccine decree on nearly every full-time employee, part-time employee, student, intern, volunteer, and contractor working at a wide range of healthcare facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding.”
The lawsuit is in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division. The primary relief the State of Texas is seeking is a declaration that the “Vaccine Mandate Rule” of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is “arbitrary and capricious” and a violation of the federal Administrative Procedures Act.
“At a time when we need healthcare workers more than ever before, amid a harrowing worker shortage, the Biden Administration has prioritized this unlawful vaccine mandate over the healthcare of all Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We need healthcare workers, regardless of their vaccination status, and this decision puts us on track for an impending disaster within the healthcare industry.”
Paxton also announced late Monday that he has “filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop President Biden’s unlawful vaccine mandate against federal contractors. This sweeping mandate is a part of the President’s unconstitutional efforts to revitalize his flagging vaccination campaign at the cost of individual liberty.” The Texas Attorney General filed the motion in a Galveston federal court where the State of Texas’ lawsuit against President Joe Biden is pending.
“The President’s blatant disdain for those who choose to not receive a vaccine will not be allowed to seep into the great State of Texas,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Here, we protect individual liberties first and foremost, and Texans do not have to sacrifice their beliefs and their health to preserve their livelihoods.”
In the motion, General Paxton wrote, “This staggering economic loss is not just an abstract number from a government database. Defendants’ unilateral imposition of illegal conditions on these contracts has a realworld impact on programs and businesses that will have significant consequences for the State. For example, Texas Tech University (‘Texas Tech’) has a current contract with NASA for approximately $3 million, with an additional $1 million expected to be allocated for the final phase of the contracted project. NASA has already requested that Texas Tech modify existing contracts. Texas Tech does not want to risk losing future payments on current or future contracts. Texas Tech stands to lose many millions of dollars from federal contracts if it does not comply with Defendants’ vaccination requirement.”
He continued, “Additionally, the State of Texas’s labor market is threatened as a result of the Contractor Mandate—which will cause significant, concrete financial harm to the State in the form of unemployment benefits and increased Medicaid expenses. TWC reports that each individual unemployment claim, paid each Sunday for 52 weeks, is at a minimum worth $3,640 and at a maximum worth $27,820.38 Each person who is forced into unemployment because Defendants are seeking to condition their livelihoods on the violation of a religious or personal belief reflects an increased cost to the State. And there are countless Texans who could be affected. Across the State of Texas, people are already being confronted with the horrible reality that they may lose their jobs if they are not willing to lose their rights and abandon their convictions. Employees of the federal contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, Pantex Plant, (‘Pantex’), indicate that they will be forced to quit their jobs if their requests for religious exemptions are not approved. Among those employees is a Senior Contract Administrator whose termination would cause a major disruption in Pantex operations and will place a devastating hardship on his family.”
Pantex is the nation’s primary contractor for the construction of nuclear warheads for the United States Air Force, which operates and manages the Nation’s strategic nuclear arsenal.