Several US states asked a federal judge to block Biden’s requirement that all employees of federal contractors be vaccinated against the coronavirus by December 8.
Eighteen states have filed three separate lawsuits to stop President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, arguing that the requirement violates federal law.
Texas filed a lawsuit on Friday in a federal district court in Galveston, Texas, seeking to block enforcement of the mandate.
Attorneys general from Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming signed on to one lawsuit, which was filed in a federal district court in Missouri.
Another group of states including Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Georgia.
Florida sued on Thursday, bringing to 19 the number of states challenging the Biden administration mandate in four federal courts.
Lawsuits argue overreach of federal power
The states asked a federal judge to block Biden’s requirement that all employees of federal contractors be vaccinated against the coronavirus by December 8, arguing that the mandate violates federal procurement law and is an overreach of federal power.
Biden has argued that sweeping vaccine mandates will help end the deadly pandemic, but Republicans nationwide have opposed the vaccination requirements and have threatened to bring similar legal challenges.
A number of states have also said they will challenge Biden’s plan to have the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue a rule that would mandate vaccines for all private businesses with 100 or more employees.
“We will not allow the Biden administration to circumvent the law or force hardworking Georgians to choose between their livelihood or this vaccine,” Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia said in a statement.
The Democratic Party of Georgia called the lawsuit a “dangerous political stunt.”
Wales v New Zealand kick-off time, TV channel, live stream info and team news for All Blacks game Wayne Pivac’s Wales
face the All Blacks at the Principality Stadium: here’s the kick-off time, how to watch the match on TV and line-ups
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Wales welcome New Zealand to the Principality Stadium on
Saturday for the first sell-out rugby international in almost two years.
Wayne Pivac’s Wales face the All Blacks
without a number of key men due to the fact the international is being staged outside the official Test window,
meaning England-based players do not have to be released by their clubs.
Here’s everything you need to know about the
What time is Wales v All Blacks kick-off?
Wales v New Zealand kicks off at 5.15pm local time on Saturday,
October 30, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
What TV channel is Wales v All Blacks on?
Live coverage of Wales v
New Zealand is being shown exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, who are providing English and Welsh commentary options.
New members can sign up for just £7.99 a month, and are eligible sign-up to a free 30-day trial.
While the streaming
giant is behind a paywall, you can actually watch all the autumn rugby on Amazon for free if you time it right with a
free trial. You can sign up for an Amazon free trial and find out more here.
Coverage will also be available to live
stream online or via Amazon Prime Video’s app.
S4C will be showing same-day match highlights of Wales matches.
the Wales v All Blacks team news?
Wales boss Wayne Pivac is without a number of key players due to injury and the fact
the fixture is outside the official Test window, meaning players based in England have not been released for
So he has largely been restricted with his team selection choices.
Gareth Anscombe starts at fly-
half to make his first Wales appearance in more than two years after suffering knee damage in August 2019. Pivac has
already disclosed that he would like replacement Rhys Priestland to finish the game.
Tomos Williams starts at scrum-
half, while Jonathan Davies and Johnny Williams are the midfield pairing. Johnny McNicholl starts at full-back in the
absence of Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny, while Owen Lane occupies the wing position usually taken by Louis
Rees-Zammit and Josh Adams is named on the other wing.
Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis line up in the front row alongside
Ryan Elias, who was originally named on the bench for this match before starter Ken Owens was ruled out with a back
issue. That has seen Elias promoted, with Kirby Myhill coming onto the bench.
Adam Beard and captain Alun Wyn Jones,
who will become the most-capped rugby player for his country on Saturday with 149 appearances, pair up in the second
row, and Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham and Aaron Wainwright complete the back row.
As for the All Blacks, fly-half
Beauden Barrett will win his 100th cap to become his country’s 11th centurion.
He will be joined by seasoned
campaigners like skipper Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Codie Taylor and Rieko Ioane in a
heavily experienced and potent Kiwi line-up.
Barrett will also have his younger brother Jordie for company at full-
back in a team which shows 12 changes from last week’s 104-14 demolition of the USA, with second row Whitelock,
openside flanker Dalton Papalii and talented young wing Will Jordan the only survivors.
Wales: 15. Johnny McNicholl;
14. Owen Lane, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Johnny Williams, 11. Josh Adams; 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Tomos Williams; 1.
Wyn Jones, 2. Ryan Elias, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Taine
Basham, 8. Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: 16. Kirby Myhill, 17. Rhys Carre, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Will Rowlands, 20.
Seb Davies, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Ben Thomas.
New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett; 14. Will Jordan,
13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. David Havili, 11. Rieko Ioane; 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara; 1. Joe Moody, 2.
Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock (capt), 6. Ethan Blackadder, 7. Dalton Papalii,
8. Ardie Savea.
Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20.
Akira Ioane, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Richie Mo’unga, 23. Sevu Reece.
Who is the Wales v New Zealand referee?
Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant referees: Karl Dickson and Christophe Ridley (both RFU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)
have the coaches said?
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “From our point of view, history is history. This group is
together for the first time, this coaching group.
“For two years, we’ve been down to play New Zealand but haven’t been
able to do so. So there’s a feeling of excitement and ‘let us loose’. 75,000 people, we haven’t done that for a long
“So whoever we put on the park, they’re always going to come to the match full of excitement. What we have to do
is control that and play with discipline over the 80 minutes.
“We’re probably a little bit underdone if you compare us
to New Zealand with what they’ve come from in terms of international rugby.
“Our squad has been split across many
teams, playing four games. Some of the boys have maybe played one of those games.
“So you expect it to be a slow
start. But we’re doing everything we can in camp to make sure we start as well as we can.
“The fact there is a crowd
there, an awesome atmosphere and the bus ride, I like to think we’ll start as well as we can. Preparation has allowed
us two weeks and that’s what we’ve worked with.”
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster: “It’s exciting to be back here in
the north, albeit in very different circumstances.
“The All Blacks have always loved touring north, these Test matches
are a big part of our history as a rugby team and it’s been three years since we played in Europe, so there’s a real
sense of excitement.
“What a better place to start than at a packed-out stadium here in Cardiff.
“The Welsh will play
with their traditional passion and their fans singing in the Stadium, and they’ll throw everything at us.
All the suits argue that the president doesn’t have the authority to issue the rule and that it violates procurement law.
The suits also argue that the rule violates the 10th Amendment reserving power to the states, illegally uses federal spending to coerce the states, and that 60 days of public comment wasn’t properly allowed.
The Georgia-led suit, for example, argues that such a rule could only stand if Congress passed it in a law.
“Biden has again demonstrated open disdain for the rule of law in seizing power Congress never gave him,” Republican Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said.
The states argue that large number of federal contract workers will quit, meaning states will have to choose between breaching the contracts because of a reduced labor force that can’t do all the work, or breaching the contracts by retaining unvaccinated employees in violation of federal rules.
All but two of the states that have sued trail the national average in vaccination rate. Only New Hampshire and Florida exceed the nationwide rate.