The Biden regime will extend the federal mask mandate for all transportation networks through April 18, one month after it is set to expire.
Now, Joe Biden and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) faced criticism on Thursday for extending a mask mandate on public transpiration as COVID-19 cases continue to decline.
Florida Republican Representative Carlos A. Gimenez wrote on Twitter:
“What’s the science behind the FAA extending the mask mandate on planes? Biden keeps pushing the deadline over and over and over again. States and local communities have been rolling back these useless mandates for months. It’s time Biden do the same.”
More details of this report from CNN:
The Transportation Security Administration is set to extend the federal public transportation mask mandate for another 30 days, an administration official told CNN, pointing to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The mandate is one of the last remaining broad requirements that Americans wear masks in public places. It applies to mass transportation including planes, trains, buses and hubs like airports.
The official’s comments came after CNN reported that federal officials began notifying stakeholders in the airline industry of the upcoming announcement. Three sources, including two industry officials and a government official, described the conversations to CNN on the condition of anonymity.
The requirement, which now extends to April 18, was previously set to expire a week from Friday, and the policy will be reviewed over the next month, the official said.
“During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor,” the official said. “This revised framework will be based on the Covid-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. We will communicate any updates publicly if and/or when they change.”
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul wrote on Twitter:
“Apparently government doesn’t want to relinquish its power and plans to extend the mask mandate on planes & public transportation. Not on my watch! I’ll be forcing a vote next week to end this unscientific mandate.”
Pennsylvania Representative Guy Reschenthaler also criticized the decision, citing comments Biden made during the State of the Union where he said, “We’ve reached a new moment in the fight against COVID-19, with severe cases down to a level not seen since last July.”