OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor joined a 24-state lawsuit written to block President Joe Biden’s authorization of COVID-19 precautions in Head Start programs.
The case is led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. It opposes Biden’s order that children in Head Start programs wear masks and that Head Start teachers and staff be vaccinated by January 31, 2022. The order also requires Defense Department teachers and youth program staff, as well as teachers and staff at schools operated by the Indian Department of Education, to be vaccinated.
“This unconstitutional mandate for preschool students, staff, and volunteers will cause turmoil for educators and low-income families in Oklahoma. My office will continue to fight for the rights of the Oklahomans and defend the rule of law against the extremist behavior of the Biden Administration,” O’Connor said.
Head Start is a federal program that provides resources and early childhood education, including diapers, to low-income children and their families.
Landry said requiring Head Start teachers, contractors and volunteers to get vaccinated would affect work and the program.
“Like all of his other illegal attempts to impose medical decisions on Americans, Biden’s over-ordering to mask two-year-olds and forcing teachers to vaccinate our underserved communities will put children out of work and impede their development,” added Attorney General Landry. “If enacted, Biden’s authoritarianism would cut funding, childcare programs and services on which working families, single mothers, and the elderly raising grandkids rely on a desperately.”
The attorney general, who signed the petition, argued that the mandate was beyond the authority of the president, contradicted the law, and violated the APA’s Requests for Notice and Comment, the Congressional Review Act, Prohibition Doctrine, Tenth Amendment, Anti-Regulatory Doctrine, Provisions of Expenditure, and the General Treasury and Appropriations Act of 1999.
Attorneys general from the following states are participating in the lawsuit along with Landry and O’Connor:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-attorney-general-joins-24-state-lawsuit-to-block-president-bidens-head-start-face-mask-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/ Oklahoma attorney general joins 24 state lawsuit to block President Biden’s Head Start mask, COVID-19 vaccine authorization