Mississippi governor urges president to end his mandates after Biden admission that there is no federal government COVID solution | Mississippi Politics and News
Governor Reeves says former President Trump realized that states are best placed to manage the response to the pandemic.
This week, President Joe Biden joined a call with representatives from the National Governors Association (NGA) to discuss the ongoing state and state government response to COVID-19.
NGA chairman and Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (R) turned to the president first, warning that federal solutions could get in the way of state solutions.
“A word of concern or encouragement for your team is that as you find federal solutions that will help alleviate the challenge, make sure we get federal solutions, not federal solutions, in the way,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson cited the example of the production of 500 million rapid tests to be distributed by the federal government.
After Governor Hutchinson’s remarks, President Biden responded.
“Look, there is no federal solution,” said Biden. “That will be resolved at the state level. I’m looking for the governor [Chris] Sununu [NH-R] here on the board. He talks about it a lot. And then it ultimately depends on where the rubber meets the road, and there the patient is in need of help or prevents the need for help. “
But President Biden’s actions did not do justice to what he said to the Republican governors.
Since taking office, President Biden has used the power of his pen to enforce various public travel restrictions and health regulations across the country regardless of the wishes of the states, most notably the vaccine mandates he announced for corporations, health care workers and federal contractors in the fall that were taken out by a majority of states are challenged in court. These requirements and restrictions, along with fines and penalties for non-compliance, have exacerbated the shortage of health workers and cost others their private jobs. The Biden administration will defend part of these mandates in the US Supreme Court next week.
President Biden’s admission that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to resolving the pandemic sparked a response from Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.
Reeves was not involved in the NGA appeal, but has repeatedly said that what happens in one state does not always equate to other states, just as the response of one district can be different from another.
“We have been saying that since day one. Donald Trump recognized this and acted accordingly. Biden lied and said he had a plan that never existed, ”Governor Reeves tweeted. “If he wants to regain some respect, he could follow his words with his actions and end his ridiculous federal mandates.”
We have been saying that since day one. Donald Trump recognized this and acted accordingly. Biden lied, claiming he had a plan that never existed. If he wants to regain some respect, he could follow up with his words and end his ridiculous federal mandates. https://t.co/PDoJkhXMq3
– Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) December 28, 2021
To date, Mississippi is among the states that are challenging all of President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates. Governor Reeves, who described the vaccination mandates as “one of the most shocking attacks on personal freedom we’ve seen in my life in this country,” has supported each of these lawsuits from Attorney General Lynn Fitch.
When lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for the 2022 legislature, bills are expected to be tabled to protect the interests of the state and the livelihoods of its citizens from further COVID-related federal mandates imposed by President Biden’s government.