Head Start mandates

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has joined a multistate lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 mandates that require masks on toddlers and COVID-19 vaccines for staff and volunteers in Head Start programs, calling them “overreaching” and unlawful.

“The Biden administration continues to expand efforts to impose illegal mandates on Americans, this time targeting young children and the people who serve them,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said. “I have and will continue to challenge this misguided federal overreach and stand alongside our most vulnerable.”

Head Start provides much-needed resources to underserved children and their families. The program provides early childhood education and resources, including diapers, to families. According to a press release from Brnovich, the Biden administration’s mandates to require teachers, contractors and volunteers in Head Start programs to get vaccinated by Jan. 31 will cost jobs and programs and, ultimately, hurt children.

The states allege that the Head Start mandate is not only beyond the Executive Branch’s authority, contrary to law, and arbitrary and capricious, but it also violates the Administrative Procedure Act’s Notice-and-Comment Requirement, the Congressional Review Act, the Nondelegation Doctrine, the 10th Amendment, the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, the Spending Clause, and the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1999.

 The lawsuit was filed in the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on Dec. 28. The coalition is also seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the mandate from going into effect.

Joining Brnovich are the attorneys general from Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and West Virginia.

Brnovich has been at the forefront of pushing back against the Biden administration’s unconstitutional COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This is the fourth lawsuit the AGO has filed.