Vance Measure Banning Federal Mask Mandates by U.S. Transportation Department Passes Congress, Heads to Biden

U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance’s (R-Ohio) measure to ban the Department of Transportation from using federal funds to enforce mask mandates has passed both houses of Congress and now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden (D).

“The era of public health panic is over. Tonight, my amendment to prohibit COVID-19 mask mandates by the Department of Transportation—including the FAA—passed the Senate,” said Vance. “Joe Biden will soon be forced to sign this into law.”

“This is a massive victory for common sense. Mask mandates were an outrageous overstep by the public health establishment,” Vance said. “We cannot allow this mistake to be repeated.”

Vance’s ban prevents the enforcement of federal mask mandates on passenger airlines, commuter rail, rapid transit buses, and any other transportation program funded through Fiscal Year 2024.

The measure, called “The Freedom to Breathe Act,” was contained in an amendment to the Senate Appropriations Bill

John Casaretti, president of the Air Marshal Association, backed the ban, saying…

Air crews and transportation workers should never be compelled to enforce arbitrary policies on behalf of the government.

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