Nebraska, Iowa political leaders respond to Biden plan

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Governors of Nebraska and Iowa are issuing responses to President Joe Biden's new vaccination plan.

The administration is now mandating all employers with more than 100 workers to require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly.

The plan affects about 80 million Americans.

Gov. Ricketts, of Nebraska, denied the mandate was about public health and call the announcement a "stunning violation of personal freedom."

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statement calling the mandates "dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make decisions for themselves."

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also responded with a statement Thursday, saying, "This isn't how you beat COVID, but it is how you run a distraction campaign. It's gross and the American people shouldn't fall for it."