WASHINGTON, March 16 – The U.S. Senate voted 57 to 40 on Tuesday to overturn a 13-month-old public health order requiring a mask for planes and other public transportation, leading to an immediate threat to President Joe Biden.
Last week, the White House said it would add to the current demand for COVID-19 masks at airports, train stations, train cars and other modes on April 18 but promised a new update. The order was due to end on Friday.
The authority has drawn strong opposition from Republicans who recognize that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that 98% of Americans live in areas where it is safe to dispose of the home mask.
Republican Senator Rand Paul, who led the dismissal attempt, said the vote “sent a message to unelected government officials to suspend the anti-scientific, state-of-the-art requirement to authorize a travel mask.”
The CDC directive said the mask authority could help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in crowded travel areas.
The withdrawal vote dropped by two-thirds of what would be needed to end the bid for Biden. The White House said Tuesday that “the conditions under which the mask is required in these arrangements should be determined by science, not by politics.”
Eight Democrats have joined all but one Republican – Senator Mitt Romney – in a vote of no confidence in the by-elections.
Democratic Alliance Senator Tim Kaine said the vote was dangerous because it would not only block the existing CDC but also prevent the party from imposing future mask rules.
He noted the increase in COVID in China and in parts of Europe and asked what happens when the United States deals with diversity. “Wouldn’t we want the CDC to be strong as soon as the national COVID erupts to impose a mask on transport?” Asks Cain.
Airlines and travel groups have called for the liquidation.
Mask requirements have caused considerable controversy in U.S. airlines The Federal Aviation Administration says that since January 2021, there have been a record 6,800 unrestrained passenger incidents reported – and 70% include face-to-face rules.
The CDC transit order has been in effect since Biden took office in January 2021. His predecessor Donald Trump had rejected it.
Last month, the CDC said it would no longer need a mask on buses or vans used for public or private school programs. Travelers are allowed to temporarily remove the mask for eating or drinking.