The lawsuits continue to pile up against the Biden administration, often brought by those resisting sweeping vaccine mandates. Businesses especially are resistant to the federal mandate.
But there are also many military members who are pushing back. For example, 26 Navy SEALs and other Naval service members recently brought legal action against the President’s team for that controversial rule.
And now, Republican leaders are jumping on board to help.
The Navy plaintiffs argue that Biden’s mandate violates their religious freedoms and the First Amendment of the Constitution. These are common accusations, and they’re growing in volume.
GOP leaders often support such vocal voices, and Sen. Ted Cruz is typically quick to stand with those voices.
That’s why he joined 7 of his colleagues in signing an amicus brief that supports the Navy’s lawsuit, and then they were joined by a total of 38 House Republicans in their efforts.
Once again, the question of individual liberties arises in the ongoing pandemic battle. The number of lawsuits, both at the federal and state level, has grown to astronomic proportions in recent months.
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Cruz led seven of his Senate colleagues on the brief, which was also joined by 38 House Republicans led by House Republican Conference chair Mike Johnson of Louisiana.
The lawmakers wrote in support of the 26 Navy SEALs and other Naval service members, arguing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment protected their religious freedom rights to object to the Navy vaccine mandate.
The 45 lawmakers were clear in their complaint:
They said that in this case, the religious liberty of the individuals shouldn’t be an issue. That’s because those involved in the lawsuit “are willing to adopt non-vaccination measures to protect themselves and others from the spread of C19.”
In fact, they say the only conflict relates to the vaccine and the federal government:
They are only in conflict here because Defendants refuse to accommodate Plaintiffs’ religious objections even as they accommodate those who will not receive the vaccine for non-religious reasons.
The brief further states that because there is no accommodation for the service members, this “violates RFRA by substantially burdening Platiniffs’ religious beliefs without a compelling reason.”
They also said it’s a clear violation of the First Amendment, which states that we cannot discriminate against religion.
Lastly, the lawmakers alleged that Plaintiffs are now forced to choose between their religious beliefs and being discharged from the Navy, which means they’d lose their job and “destroy their financial well-being.”
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Prior to this legal action, Republicans had widely stated that President Biden was making a “grave mistake.”
That’s precisely what Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) called it when Biden enforced the military vaccine mandate, and he hasn’t been the only dissenter in Washington. Many worried about the backlash over this mandate.
That backlash is making its presence felt in numerous ways now.
The outcomes of all these lawsuits will be important, because those results will likely determine how the government operates in the future — and if federal overreach becomes more accepted.