The Oklahoman

Conservati­ve governors vow to fight the president’s new vaccine mandate.

- Jeanine Santucci and Christal Hayes

Conservati­ve governors across the U.S. are threatenin­g to fight President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate plan, which will require businesses with more than 100 employees to require inoculatio­n or weekly COVID-19 testing.

The move was applauded and condemned by Americans, political leaders and union heads. It will be enacted through a forthcomin­g rule from the Occupation­al Safety and Health Administra­tion that carries penalties up to $14,000 per violation, an administra­tion official said.

The governors of Arizona, Montana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas vowed to fight the mandate, and the Republican National Committee said it will file a lawsuit against the Biden administra­tion when the requiremen­t goes into effect.

“When his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administra­tion to protect Americans and their liberties,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster promised “we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter that the state was “already working to halt this power grab.”

Biden said Friday he is “disappoint­ed” in the governors who said they plan to challenge his new requiremen­ts, adding that they have been “so cavalier” about the health of children and their communitie­s.

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