Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates

Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal the federal mask mandate for public transportation.

The Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021 would prohibit the federal government from imposing a mask mandate when using any “conveyance” or “transportation hub.”

Paul said in a statement that he is introducing the mask mandate to “put a stop to this nanny state mandate of requiring masks on public transportation.”

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“In a free county people will evaluate their personal risk factors and are smart enough to ultimately make medical decisions like wearing a mask themselves,” Paul said.

The Kentucky Republican said last week that he would introduce the legislation amid GOP frustration with President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office directing federal agencies to take “immediate action” to mandate masks on public transpiration.

The federal mask was supposed to expire May 11, but the Transportation Security Administration extended it to Sept. 13.

Paul was joined by GOP Sens. Mike BraunMichael BraunThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Republicans unveil bill to ban federal funding of critical race theory Earmarks, the swamp's favorite tool, return to Washington MORE (Ind.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonProgressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (Ark.), Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallGOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops Kansas approves using M in federal funds to increase nurses' pay Photos of the Week: Infrastructure vote, India floods and a bear MORE (Kan.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (Miss.).

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is expected to introduce companion legislation later this week.

Late last month, a separate group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Bipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy GOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops MORE (Texas) introduced a resolution calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift the public transportation mask mandate.