Kansas Democratic Governor. Laura Kelly declared Friday that she opposes President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. She said it is not the “correct” solution.
Kelly is now the first Democratic governor to oppose the mandate.
“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration. While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct or the most effective, solution for Kansas,” Kelly stated.
Governor Laura Kelly's statement addressing the new federal vaccine mandate: pic.twitter.com/lAFAs3pQLK— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) November 5, 2021
Kelly stated that Kelly believes the timing of mandating the mandate is inappropriate since Kansas already has systems that work for residents.
“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs,” she said.
According to the governor, she will seek a solution better suited for the Kansas people’s needs.
“I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our on-going efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis,” she said.
Kelly isn’t the only leader to speak out against President’s mandate for employer vaccinations.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement on Thursday announcing the organization is suing the Biden administration over the mandate, calling it “authoritarian overreach.”
“Joe Biden failed to shut down the virus as he promised — he couldn’t do his job, so now he wants you to lose yours,” McDaniel said. “This mandate is yet another attack on frontline workers, first responders, small businesses, and the rights of the American people.”
“While I am pro-vaccine, the Biden administration does not have the authority to force hardworking Americans to choose between being vaccinated and providing for their families. That’s why the RNC is suing the Biden administration over this unlawful vaccine mandate and will maintain every legal option to fight this authoritarian overreach.”
The Republican National Committee is suing the Biden admin for its forced vaccine mandate. pic.twitter.com/fm0iv5d5Zc— GOP (@GOP) November 4, 2021
South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi also posted a tweet Thursday telling Biden that she would be taking legal action.
“This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans,” Noem tweeted.
This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 4, 2021
I am announcing that today, we are joining a lawsuit against the Biden Administration's unconstitutional vaccine mandates.@JoeBiden, see you in court. pic.twitter.com/sA3xnEIYuQ
“I am announcing that today, we are joining a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates. [Biden], see you in court.”