21 states banded together to sue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and force them to drop mask mandates on public transportation.
The group, led by Florida, argued that the federal mask mandate exceeds the CDC’s authority. As such, it interferes with state laws that aim to ban such practices.
Drop Mask Mandates Now
The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, insists that the mask mandate exceeds the CDC’s authority, As a result, the mandate interferes with local state laws that call for action to drop mask mandates.
In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for the courts to finally drop mask mandates.
He said Florida led the nation in “standing up to misguided federal government policies”. As a result, the state opposes “heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing.
If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every US citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”
‘Unprecedented Assertions Of Power’
The complaint named as defendants the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Transportation Security Administration. It also named the heads of each agency as respondents.
The lawsuit seeks to end mask mandates on public transportation. It also wants to establish a permanent injunction against similar mandates. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made ‘unprecedented assertion[s] of power.’”
21 States Banded Together To Drop Mask Mandates
Florida is joined in the suit by 20 other states. They include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Also joining the plaintiff states are Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a statement on the filing of the lawsuit. “It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry.”
Mask Mandate Since January 2021
The CDC issued the mask mandate last January 2021. The order states that all passengers should wear masks on all public transportation.
This includes planes, trains, boats, and buses. The mandate also covers all transportation hubs such as airports and subway stations.
The CDC later announced a shift in COVI guidance in February. It is said that most Americans are safe even without masks when indoors.
However, the agency chose to retain mask mandates in transportation. Earlier this month, the TSA announced an extension of the mask mandate for public transportation by one month.
Instead of March, the mandate will now last until April 18, 2021. Among transport groups, the airline industry became the first to protest the decision.
It also called for the government to drop mask mandates. Last week, CEOs of major airline and cargo forwarders called on the White House to drop mask mandates.
Watch the NBC news video reporting that 21 states suing to end mask mandates on public transportation:
Should the government drop mask mandates at this point? Does the White House need a lawsuit to deal with this administrative order?
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