Abbott Sues To Block Vax Mandate For National Guard

Courthouse News reports:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott sued President Joe Biden and U.S. military officials Tuesday to stop them from imposing a Covid-19 vaccine mandate on members of the Texas National Guard. The Republican governor claims the lawsuit is not about being for or against the vaccine, but rather about protecting Texas’ sovereignty against federal overreach.

To keep states’ Air National Guard and Army National Guard troops ready for activation into federal service for deployment during wars or national emergencies, the Department of Defense funds the bulk of their budgets.

According to Abbott, under Title 32 of the U.S. Code he is the sole commander-in-chief of the roughly 20,000 members of the Texas National Guard until they are ordered to active federal duty by the president pursuant to Title 10.

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