Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was pressed by Fox News host Chris Wallace about his outstanding job-fighting vaccination requirements in the Lone Star State. During the segment, Wallace seemed to champion the idea of private businesses being able to force employees to get the jab or lose their job.

In terms of a national scale, AG Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for using OSHA to require private businesses with more than 100 employees to either test for COVID or certify that their workers are vaccinated.

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The U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit found merit within the filed suit on November 12th and opted to temporarily block Biden’s vaccination requirement until the legal matter can be sorted out.

But Fox News’ Wallace felt as though AG Paxton’s position wasn’t logical – tearing into the Texas attorney general for fighting the federal government for trying to force companies to impose vaccine mandates while simultaneously signing off on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s efforts to impose a statewide ban on companies enforcing their own vaccine mandates on employees.

“You say Texas companies should take care of their own workers so, given that, how do you justify the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, issuing an executive order that bans any business in Texas from issuing a vaccine mandate and how do you justify the governor issuing a ban on all school districts on mask mandates, a ban that was overturned just this week by a federal judge?”

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AG Paxton explained it simply, in that a governor of a state has a bit more reach in what transpires in said state versus what powers are endowed to the federal government.

“So I justify it by the governor has the authority under state law in an emergency. And so, he has done just that. Obviously, it’s his view that these mask mandates are unnecessary and that vaccine requirements are also unnecessary, so it’s my job as the state’s attorney to go defend what he’s done and what the legislature has done, and I’m perfectly comfortable doing that.”

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Wallace, however, wasn’t satisfied with said response – attacking AG Paxton’s rationale by alleging he wasn’t being “consistent” in his legal endeavors.

“You said that Texas companies should take care of their own workers. Is that consistent with the governor’s executive order and your enforcement of that order, which bans companies from taking care of their own workers as they see fit?”

Again, AG Paxton pushed back on Wallace, further expanding on the nuances of endowed powers to the state versus the federal government.

“What I was trying to say in the clip is that the president does not have the authority to force companies. Obviously, we have a stay in the Fifth Circuit to stop them from forcing companies to require workers from getting the vaccine or fired. What I’m saying to these companies is you don’t have to listen to him because he’s out there saying that you should do it anyway despite the fact that we have a stay from a higher court.”

This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on November 14, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.

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