After the TSA extended its public transportation mask mandate to April 18th, Sen. Rand Paul vowed to force a vote to end the idiotic policy.
A TSA official said it would leave the mask mandate in place until at least April 18th, citing the CDC’s recommendation.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to end the public transportation mask mandate, and it passed on a vote of 57-40.
The bill now goes to the house. Republicans should force a vote! This is a winning issue! Americans are tired of covering up their faces! SMILE😀 Follow me to keep updated!
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) March 15, 2022
Gaveled final. @RandPaul's bill to end the airplane/public transport mask mandate passed 57 to 40!!!
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 15, 2022
The bill moves to the House of Representatives, where it should be a tougher challenge to pass the measure.
I’m not convinced Democrats want to completely relinquish COVID theater, despite receiving a memo to declare “victory” over COVID.
As Inquirer.net noted, Biden vowed to veto the bill:
The U.S. Senate voted 57 to 40 on Tuesday to overturn a 13-month-old public health order requiring masks on airplanes and other forms of public transportation, drawing a quick veto threat from President Joe Biden. https://t.co/UdYkt10HIQ
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) March 15, 2022
The repeal vote fell shy of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a Biden veto. The White House said Tuesday “circumstances under which masks should be required in these settings should be guided by science, not politics.”
Eight Democrats joined all but one Republican – Senator Mitt Romney – in voting to reject the rule.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said the vote was dangerous because it would not only bar the existing CDC order but prevent the agency from imposing future mask rules.
Honestly, I don’t think the bill generates enough support to pass in the House or override a veto in the Senate.
But maybe the Biden administration and CDC will fold to the increasing pressure against extending the useless mask mandate.