Senator Vance Passes Senate Amendment To Ban Federal Mask Mandates

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: A sign stating that masks are required at San Francisco International Airport stands in a terminal after the federal mask mandate for airports and pubic transportation was lifted on April 19, 2022 in San Francisco, California. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce a federal Covid-19 mask mandate on airplanes or public transportation after a federal judge in Florida struck down the mandate that applied to airports, airplanes and public transportation, ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had overstepped its authority. The CDC still recommends wearing masks on public transit. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Meyers
2:22 PM – Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Senate has passed an amendment banning federal mask mandates on commercial airlines and public transportation. 


In a 59-38 vote on Wednesday, senators, which included multiple Democrats voting in favor of the amendment, was introduced by Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio.).

The amendment restricts any federal funds from being used to enforce mask mandates on passenger flights, transit buses, trains, and other publicly funded transportation through the next fiscal year. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Vance called the passage of the amendment “a massive victory for personal freedom.”

“We saw countless abuses of authority throughout the COVID pandemic, and the American people were justifiably enraged by unscientific mask mandates,” he said.

“It is narrowly scoped,” Vance continued. “It applies for the next 11 months and applies to transportation cases. And I think it is reasonable to not ask the American people to reenter the era of mask mandates. My amendment does that.”

In September, Vance introduced a bill called the Freedom to Breathe Act, which would not allow any federal official, including the president, from implementing a mask mandate through the end of 2024. 

This comes after the CDC had issued an order in January 2021 mandating travelers on public transportation transits to wear a mask, which was in line with President Joe Biden’s executive action mandating masks for any interstate travel.

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