Democratic governor opposes Biden’s vaccination mandate

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Democrat, spoke out Friday against President BidenJoe BidenHouse sets Friday’s voting for Biden’s agenda. House leaders make a last-minute change to drug prices after the dispute aide who traveled with Biden to Europe tests positive for COVID-19: inform MOREThe COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees says she does not believe it is the “correct” or “most effective” measure.

The Democratic governor, who is running for re-election next year, said she appreciates “the intent to keep people safe” but does not believe the administration’s testing or vaccination requirements serve as a “solution for Kansas.”

“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have developed systems and strategies that are tailored to our specific needs,” he said.

“I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our ongoing efforts to combat a crisis unique in a century,” he added.

His disapproval of the administration’s move comes as many Republican governors and attorneys general have voiced opposition to vaccine requirements for businesses.

Under the rule issued this week, companies with at least 100 employees have until January 4 to require workers to be vaccinated or regularly tested. Biden had issued an executive order earlier this year requesting the requirement, which is expected to cover 84 million people.

But several Republicans, including the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis Pledges to Fight Federal Vaccine Mandate: It’s ‘Going Down’ Night Health Care: Biden Reveals January Vaccination Deadline Kinzinger is Open to Run for White House, Illinois Governor MORE, have vowed to challenge the Department of Labor rule, saying it violates constitutional rights and will exacerbate current labor shortages in various industries. Some business groups, including the retail sector, have raised concerns about how it will affect the upcoming Christmas season.

“Florida will be responding, and I think the rule is falling, I just don’t think there is an adequate basis for it, and I think they have even seen people on their side acknowledge that they do not have a strong constitutional basis.” for this, “DeSantis said.

Missouri, along with 10 other states, filed a lawsuit against Biden and his administration objecting to the vaccination or testing policy. The West Virginia attorney general also partnered with six other states to sue the administration over the mandate.

Biden has defended the mandate, saying Thursday that these requirements “have broad support” and are necessary because more than 50 million adults in the country remain unvaccinated.

“There have been no ‘mass layoffs’ or worker shortages due to vaccination requirements,” Biden said in a statement. “Despite what some have falsely predicted and asserted, the vaccination requirements have wide public support.”

Officials also extended the deadline for federal contractors to get vaccinated, giving workers until January 4. to align with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

The administration predicts that the latest federal mandate will save thousands of lives and prevent more than 250,000 hospitalizations in its first six months. Kansas has seen more than 6,400 deaths from COVID-19 and more than 15,000 hospitalizations during the pandemic.

Kansas ranks in the middle of the pack for its vaccination rate, and the state government reports that 53.7 percent of the total population have received at least one dose, while less than half are fully vaccinated.

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