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Texas and Oklahoma are suing the Biden administration over a public health rule they argue illegally gives power to the World Health Organization, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The states accuse the Department of Health and Human Services of “unlawfully” delegating the authority to declare a public health emergency in the U.S. to the WHO, according to a copy of the complaint.
The plaintiffs assert that a 2017 rule relinquishes HHS authority to the WHO to determine when there’s a public health emergency involving a communicable disease in the U.S.
HHS’ definitions for the declaration come directly from the WHO, the complaint asserts.
“The Department’s definition of ‘public health emergency’ … exceeds the agency’s authority, as it unlawfully delegates to the World Health Organization (WHO) the authority to invoke emergency health powers in the United States — infringing on U.S. and state sovereignty,” the complaint says.
The states petitioned in July for a repeal of the rule, a move the Biden administration denied, according to the complaint.
Now they’re seeking court intervention to declare the rule “unlawful” for depending on the authority of a foreign body.
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