Breaking news. Just into the newsroom, Governor Kim Reynolds just announced that Iowa is joining a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for all people employed by a federal contract. The governor’s office says that’s 1/5 of the nation’s workforce. Nine other states are currently part of this lawsuit, and in a statement, the governor wrote that she believes the vaccine is the best defense against Covid 19, but no one should be forced to choose between making a living or standing up for their beliefs. This is the second action governor Reynolds has taken against vaccine mandates this week. As we mentioned earlier, she just signed a bill into law on vaccine mandates in the workplace.

Iowa joins lawsuit against Biden Administration over vaccine mandate

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that the state has joined nine other states in a lawsuit that challenges President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for workers employed by federal contractors.“Today, I’m announcing that the State of Iowa is joining a federal lawsuit to challenge President Biden’s unprecedented use of the government to force every employee of every federal contractor in America, including thousands of Iowans, to take a vaccine against their wishes,” Reynolds said in a news release. “I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but no one should be forced to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. As long as I am governor, the State of Iowa will always stand alongside Iowans and to be sure their freedoms are protected.” Iowa joins Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming in the lawsuit.On Oct. 21, Reynolds said Biden is overreaching in his vaccine mandate and she wants to protect Iowans who don’t want the vaccine.Other Republican-led states also have pushed back against efforts to require employee vaccinations including Montana, Arkansas, Texas and West Virginia.States including Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah ban such mandates for state workers and school faculty or staff.Reynolds signed into law in May a measure that prevents state and local governments from requiring an individual to prove vaccination status using so-called vaccine passports. Iowa is among 21 states to ban such proof of vaccination, according to the nonprofit National Constitution Center.Check the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App for updates on this developing story.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that the state has joined nine other states in a lawsuit that challenges President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for workers employed by federal contractors.

“Today, I’m announcing that the State of Iowa is joining a federal lawsuit to challenge President Biden’s unprecedented use of the government to force every employee of every federal contractor in America, including thousands of Iowans, to take a vaccine against their wishes,” Reynolds said in a news release. “I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but no one should be forced to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. As long as I am governor, the State of Iowa will always stand alongside Iowans and to be sure their freedoms are protected.”

Iowa joins Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming in the lawsuit.

On Oct. 21, Reynolds said Biden is overreaching in his vaccine mandate and she wants to protect Iowans who don’t want the vaccine.

Other Republican-led states also have pushed back against efforts to require employee vaccinations including Montana, Arkansas, Texas and West Virginia.

States including Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah ban such mandates for state workers and school faculty or staff.

Reynolds signed into law in May a measure that prevents state and local governments from requiring an individual to prove vaccination status using so-called vaccine passports. Iowa is among 21 states to ban such proof of vaccination, according to the nonprofit National Constitution Center.

Check the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App for updates on this developing story.

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