Asa Hutchinson calls directive ‘unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority’ as other governors threaten to sue

The political sparring match over Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandate continued on Sunday with one Republican governor blasting the measure as “counterproductive” and the White House insisting it was necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas, added to the growing Republican backlash on NBC’s Meet the Press, telling host Chuck Todd that the president’s directive to make the Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for businesses of greater than 100 employees was “an unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority”.

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