Texas Governor Greg Abbott has filed a preliminary-injunction motion urging the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to protect non-federalized members of the Texas National Guard from the Biden Administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The motion argues that President Biden's unconstitutional attempt to commandeer Governor Abbott's commander-in-chief power threatens to undermine his chain of command, blur the lines of accountability, and endanger millions of Texans.
"The Governor of Texas does not take orders from the President of the United States," said Governor Abbott. "President Biden must be held accountable for his unconscionable willingness to hollow out the Texas National Guard with another illegal vaccine mandate. As the commander-in-chief of Texas’ militia, I will deploy every legal tool in defense of these American heroes."