On Friday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) and state Attorney General Chris Carr announced their intention to file a complaint against the Biden administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
According to a press release from Kemp’s office, the complaint, which will be filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (Augusta Division), “explains how the Biden Administration’s unprecedented, unlawful, and unconstitutional COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors has placed Georgia’s state agencies and elected officials, including Governor Kemp, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the University System of Georgia, in an untenable situation.”
“Polling shows 70 percent of unvaccinated Americans say they would quit their jobs if their company required the COVID-19 vaccine. From an employer’s perspective, 9 in 10 fear significant reductions in their workforce if they had to implement vaccine mandates. We will not allow the Biden Administration to circumvent the law or force hardworking Georgians to choose between their livelihood or this vaccine,” Kemp stated in the press release.
In a tweet announcing the complaint, Kemp wrote in part: “We won’t allow the federal gov’t to circumvent the law or force hardworking Georgians to choose between their livelihood or a vaccine.”
We won’t allow the federal gov’t to circumvent the law or force hardworking Georgians to choose between their livelihood or a vaccine.
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— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) October 29, 2021
Carr echoed Kemp’s sentiment, noting that the mandate “places immense burden on our state.”
Kemp and Carr are joined by several other states, including “Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Utah, and West Virginia,” according to the release.
On September 9, the White House issued executive orders regarding vaccination requirements for all federal workers, as well as for federal contractors. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force later detailed: “Covered contractors must ensure that all covered contractor employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation. Covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated no later than December 8, 2021.”