Congress Unveils New Law to Ban Federal Mask Mandates

Congress Unveils New Law to Ban Federal Mask Mandates

( – On May 28, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. However, it continued its face mask requirement for people traveling on “planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation” and in travel hubs like train stations and airports. A group of House Republicans joined a growing number of senators pushing back against that mandate.

On July 16, House Freedom Caucus head, Rep. Andy Biggs, introduced a bill to ban those coronavirus-related mask mandates for people using public transportation. Seven other Republican House members co-sponsored the bill, which serves as the House companion to the Senate’s Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021, recently introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

The bill would lift the CDC’s ban immediately upon passage, effectively making mask-wearing voluntary and getting the federal government out of individuals’ personal health decisions.

Biggs stated that “There is no scientific evidence” supporting the continued use of masks on public transportation. He said mask mandates were “old news,” and that those orders left in place are relics from people who only want to control Americans’ “day-to-day lives.”

Perhaps, Sen. Paul put it best when he reminded the nation that “in a free country, people” are smart enough to make up their own minds about medical questions like the decision to wear a mask.

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