Rand Paul Goes After Mask Mandates on Planes

Rand Paul Goes After Mask Mandates on Planes

(TargetLiberty.org) – The mask mandates enforced on Americans over the last two years are slowly fading away, but the airline industry has been a holdout. Most carriers still insist on masks – but now a Republican senator thinks it’s time they give it up.

On February 22, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Dan Bongino of Fox News he planned to force a Senate vote to end mask mandates on airliners in the US. Paul has been a longtime critic of compulsory masking, and has been trying to repeal mandates on transports since last year. Now, he’s gearing up for another push.

Last July, Paul introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021, which would strike down all mandates on public transportation and leave people free to decide to wear a mask or not. So far, the resolution hasn’t come to a vote, but now he wants to force a decision within the next two weeks. The timing is significant; the existing federal law that authorizes mandates expires March 18, and Paul doesn’t want Biden to have a chance to extend it again.

When they have the chance, more and more Americans are ditching their masks. We’re past the crisis stage of the COVID pandemic and learning to live with the virus. Rand Paul believes part of the process is giving us back the right to decide what we wear – or don’t.

Copyright 2022, TargetLiberty.org