Biggs Introduces Companion Bill To Paul’s To Repeal Travel Mask Mandate

By B. Hamilton

Congressman Andy Biggs introduced last week the House companion legislation to Senator Rand Paul’s Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021. The bill prohibits the imposition of mask mandates on public transportation.

The House version is currently cosponsored by Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14), Congressman Andrew Clyde (GA-09), Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04), Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01), and Congressman Lance Gooden (TX-05).

“There is no scientific evidence for the continuation of mask mandates on public transportation. Bottom line, mask mandates are old news, and are only being kept in place by those who relish controlling our day-to-day lives. The viral spread is collapsing and our normal lives are returning. It’s time for the CDC to follow the science and end the tyrannical COVID-19 restrictions once and for all,” said Biggs in a press release.

“The federal government forcing the American people to continue to wear masks despite the fact that we’ve already reached herd immunity is ridiculous and needs to end immediately,” said Dr. Paul. “I am introducing the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021 to put a stop to this nanny state mandate of requiring masks on public transportation. In a free country people will evaluate their personal risk factors and are smart enough to ultimately make medical decisions like wearing a mask themselves.”

“It’s time to recognize the never-ending government mask requirements as the political theater they are. Americans are capable of making their own decisions; it’s time to choose freedom over fear,” said Roy.

“The mask mandate is just another overreach by the power-grabbing administration. Americans make calculated decisions about their health risks every day, and through our combined efforts, we’ve virtually reached herd immunity. Given the air-circulation technology utilized on most modern airplanes, not to mention the science that corroborates the effectiveness of these innovations, it’s about time that we return to pre-pandemic normalcy by removing this—sometimes arbitrary—restriction from the flying public,” argued Weber.

“CDC Director Walensky said last month that those who are fully vaccinated are fully protected from the variants of COVID-19, including the ‘delta’ variant,” said Gibbs. “The science has made clear how effective the vaccines are and we are reaching the point at which those choosing to remain unvaccinated have taken on that risk to themselves, not to anyone else. We cannot only ‘follow the science’ when it is politically convenient and ignore it, like we are now, when it no longer conforms to bureaucrats’ desire for power. Continuing to punish those who have been fully vaccinated makes as much sense as defunding the police after violent crime incidents have spiked. If the TSA and CDC won’t rescind this mandate, it’s time for Congress to act.”

“The American people have been battling COVID-19 for over a year, and our lives are finally starting to get back to normal. As our states and communities lift restrictions and remove mask mandates, the federal government should take a note from those states’ playbooks. I am joining Representative Andy Biggs in the fight against the unnecessary federal mask mandate that requires citizens to wear masks on public transportation,” stated Clyde.

“Time and again we see Democrats flouting the rules to go maskless when it suits them; they are so desperate to maintain nanny state conditions that hypocrisy and fear tactics are all they have left to exercise control over the masses,” said Gooden. “Whether it’s masking or vaxxing, every American should be able to make their own choices without government interference.”