Oklahoma State filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday for attempting to prevent federal employees from implementing its vaccine mandate.
why it matters: The move comes a day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R)’s request to exempt the state’s National Guard from the mandate.
- It is the latest escalation in Stitt’s scuffle with the Pentagon over a mandate that requires the Air National Guard and Army National Guard to be vaccinated by Thursday and June 30, respectively.
- Those who fail to comply will be barred from practice and other duties, and will not be paid even if they are under state control.
What are they saying: The complaint argues that the mandate is unconstitutional and “ensures that many members of the Oklahoma National Guard would simply leave rather than receive the vaccine, a situation that would irreparably harm the safety and security of Oklahomaans.”
- Stitt claims that under Title 32 of the US Code, he has authority over members of the State Guard until they are mobilized by the President.
- “It is unconscionable that President Biden and his administration are choosing to do politics with military paychecks,” He said in a statement,
Noteworthy: The lawsuit is asking the court to block the mandate not only for the National Guard but for all federal employees.
- The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ request for comment.