More than two dozen states have filed lawsuits to dismantle the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which affects nearly two-thirds of the workforce.
Nearly 100 million workers will be required to have the vaccine by Jan. 4, and some will be allowed to test weekly instead, under federal rules released Thursday.
Since then, five lawsuits have been filed in federal court involving 26 Republican-led states together to overturn an illegal mandate.
Seven states — Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia — have filed lawsuits against OSHA on the 6th Circuit.
Eleven others — Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — joined forces to file lawsuits against Biden and OSHA in the 8th Circuit .
Five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Utah — have filed lawsuits against OSHA on the 5th Circuit, and three more — Alabama, Florida and Georgia — on the 11th Circuit.
The Biden administration has said lawsuits were expected but the federal government should win in court.
“The government clearly has the power to protect workers, and the actions announced by the president are designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday.
-ABC News’ Cheyenne Haslett