Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska is joining the lawsuit filed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott which aims to challenge National Guard vaccine requirements.
The requirement, initiated by the Biden administration, says that all members of the National Guard must be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Dunleavy and Abbot, two GOP governors for a pair of predominantly Republican states, filed an amended complaint in the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday which adds Dunleavy as a plaintiff in the case.
“The federal government has no authority to make health decisions for National Guard members who are at work under state authority,” Dunleavy said via press release on Thursday.
The lawsuit marks a second attempt to leverage the courts to avoid the National Guard vaccine requirement, as Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma saw his request rejected by a federal judge.