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President Warren Petersen Fights Back Against the Biden Administration's Illegal Vaccine Mandates


Wednesday, April 26, 2023

President Warren Petersen Fights Back Against

the Biden Administration's Illegal Vaccine Mandates

PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma are fighting back against the outrageous government overreach and infringement on personal freedoms displayed by the Biden Administration's issuance of an executive order forcing federal contractors and their employees to receive the experimental COVID-19 vaccine or risk losing their jobs. On behalf of the Fifty-Sixth Legislature, an emergency application was filed Tuesday with the United States Supreme Court to stop this from happening by reinstating an injunction of the executive order during the appeal of the case.

Back in September of 2021, President Biden issued the abusive executive order that strips citizens of their right to choose whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Subsequently, the U.S. District Court for Arizona prohibited enforcement of the mandate in our state, and the Biden Administration appealed this ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit halted the District Court's injunction while the case is on appeal and dissolved the injunction. By filing the emergency application, the Legislature is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the injunction while the case is being decided on, in an effort to protect federal contractors and their employees from being forced to needlessly take the shot.

"We will not allow President Biden to blatantly undermine the will of the Arizona State Legislature in the protections we've provided for our citizens to prevent a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from dictating employment opportunities," said President Petersen. "The Biden Administration has made it clear that they are against any Americans who push back against this vaccine and will abuse their powers in order to force compliance as a stipulation of doing business with the federal government. Arizona will not tolerate this gross government overreach and intrusion of individual liberties. The Legislature's intervention in this lawsuit against President Biden is critical in protecting the sovereignty of our state and the rights of all Arizonans."


For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

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