The Senate approved S.J. Res. 37, a resolution to ban President Joe Biden's mandates for masks on planes, trains, and other modes of public transportation. It was approved with 57 votes to 40.
Senator Rand Paul stated that the Senate vote sent a strong message to “anti-science bureaucrats.” According to Paul, “Today, the Senate said enough is enough and sent a message to unelected government bureaucrats to stop the anti-science, nanny state requirement of travel mask mandates. Since March 2020, unelected bureaucrats have incessantly declared that we should ‘follow the science.’ But the same bureaucrats continue to defy science by imposing an ineffective and restrictive mask mandate for individuals traveling on public transit and airplanes. As the entire world is learning to live with COVID, the federal government still uses fear mongering to stubbornly perpetuate its mandates, rather than giving clear-eyed, rational advice on how to best protect yourself from illness. That is why I forced this vote, and I applaud the Senate for rejecting this nonsense.”
This vote comes after the Biden Administration stated that it would maintain the mask mandates for public transportation despite the revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which had loosened requirements.
“So, just in term[s] of travel, we must look not only at science with regard to transmission through masks but also epidemiology,” the CDC’s director, Rochelle Walensky, stated to reporters recently.
When the Senate voted on the repeal of travel mask mandates, Senator Mitt Romney (R.UT) joined his Democrat colleagues in voting to preserve the federal mask mandate for children under two years old.