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Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit to stop vaccine mandate for federal contractors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Missouri Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit to stop a vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

According to the 12-count lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Executive Order 14042 issued by the White House on Sept. 9 violates the rights of federal contractors.

The lawsuit wants a federal judge to declare the vaccine mandate unlawful. The judge is also asked to allow Missouri and the nine other states part of the lawsuit to not enforce the Biden administration's order.

The federal lawsuit alleges the order is in violation of the Procurement Act, violates the Procurement Policy Act, and is an unconstitutional exercise of spending power, among other violations.

"My office has led the nation in taking action to fight back against attempts by petty tyrants to impose their control through mask mandates," said Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Nine other states are part of the lawsuit. That includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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