The Biden White House this Wednesday extended the federal transportation requirements for two weeks, according to the Associated Press.
The CDC will continue to enforce masking on planes, trains, and transportation stations while it monitors the Chinese coronavirus.
On February 1, 2021, the first face mask requirement for air travel went into effect with a duration that ended on May 11, 2021. However, it was prolonged until September 13, 2021, and then extended to January 18, 2022. Now it was extended until April 18th on March 18th.
The many airline CEOs, as well as several congressional Republicans, had hoped that the Biden administration would lift the ban on passengers wearing face coverings, stating that aircraft air quality is so poor. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said to Breitbart News that mask rules are all about submission.
“It’d be one thing if we were telling you that you must give up your liberty or freedom, and that we are going to save your life,” he observed. “But what if they’re wrong on the science?”
On Monday, Ashish Jha, the Biden White House’s covid czar, told NBC News that the withdrawal of the requirement was “absolutely on the table.” However, he added that the CDC Director will “make her decision based on the framework that CDC researchers create, and then we’ll all make a decision based on that.”
Most Democratic-controlled cities have abandoned mask requirements in recent months, with the exception of the federal transit mask requirement. The CDC has decided not to remove forced masking there because there has been an increase in infections, according to the AP.
The BA.2 omicron subvariant has been the cause of almost 72% of all new American cases, and it is on the upswing in places like Arizona, Nebraska, and New York. Following a 50 percent increase in coronavirus infections over the previous ten days, Philadelphia restored its indoor mask requirement on Monday.
Democrats are very likely screaming inside at the prospect of letting this unlimited control over Americans go. But they don’t have a choice. They can either let it go, or let their power go during the upcoming midterms. They have chosen the former.