On Tuesday, the Senate approved a resolution that would remove mandates for public transportation.
Spearheaded by Senator Rand Paul, this resolution was able to realize both Democratic and Republican support.
The final vote was 57-40.
This resolution was introduced after the TSA had announced mask mandates would be in place until April 18, which is a one-month extension from the original date of March 18th.
As reported by the Daily Caller, “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.”
Rand Paul stated, “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.”
Paul also said mandates were the result of “fear-mongering to stubbornly perpetuate its mandates” while the world learns to “live with COVID.” He also said he wanted to see “clear-eyed, rational advice on how to best protect yourself from illness.”
According to Fox News, the CDC has recommended the “TSA will extend the security directive for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18th.”
The CDC also 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.”
Rand Paul has also joined a Republican-led lawsuit against the CDC over the mask mandates.