"Like all of his other unlawful attempts to impose medical decisions on Americans, Biden’s overreaching orders to mask two-year-olds and force vaccinate teachers in our underserved communities will cost jobs and impede child development," Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement Tuesday.
"If enacted, Biden’s authoritarianism will cut funding, programs, and childcare that working families, single mothers, and elderly raising grandchildren rely on desperately."
The lawsuit comes after a set of new rules was issued by the Biden Administration last month requiring children over two years old in Head Start programs to wear masks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is asking for staff, contractors and volunteers in the program to be vaccinated by the end of January.
Twenty-five states seek to halt the implementation of the mandate, claiming that it surpasses the Administration's power and violates the Congressional Review Act and the Tenth Amendment.
"Our Nation’s children have faced enough setbacks and difficulties during the last two years; they cannot afford another government attack on their development," Landry said. "My office has had great success in blocking Biden's mandates on many hard-working Americans, and we will work tirelessly to achieve the same victories for toddlers and teachers."
Joining Louisiana in the effort are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
At the center of the lawsuit, the federally financed Head Start programs train children up to five years old for school while also providing services and support to low-income families with children.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has joined the lawsuit, expressed a similar sentiment earlier this month.
"I will not allow Texans to be coerced into getting a vaccine because the federal government is giving them an ultimatum to choose between their health or their child’s preschool education," Paxton said. "These unconstitutional mandates have no place in our country, and they are not welcomed here in Texas."
“At a time when we need healthcare workers more than ever before, amid a harrowing worker shortage, the Biden Administration has prioritized this unlawful vaccine mandate over the healthcare of all Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We need healthcare workers, regardless of their vaccination status, and this decision puts us on track for an impending disaster within the healthcare industry.”