Biden’s Justice Department is fighting to reinstate the mask mandate for air travel.
Justice Department lawyers argued Tuesday in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge struck down the federal travel mask mandate last April.
“The Department continues to believe that the order requiring concealment in a transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority Congress granted the CDC to protect public health. That is an important authority that the Department will continue to work to preserve,” the DOJ said in a statement last April.
The reporter asked Biden whether people should continue to wear masks on airplanes after a Trump-appointed federal judge declared his order illegal last spring.
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“That’s up to them,” Biden said last year.
The DOJ is now fighting to reinstate the mask mandate, despite Joe Biden previously saying that wearing a mask is a personal choice and declaring that the “pandemic is over.”
Fox News reported:
The Biden administration is fighting to maintain a federal mask mandate for air travel and other modes of transportation, even after President Biden said months ago that the pandemic was “over” and despite calls from travel associations to end the mask mandates.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Tuesday from the Biden Justice Department on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reinstate the mask mandate for air travel, after a federal judge in Florida struck down the order last April.
The Health Freedom Defense Fund (HDFD), a medical rights advocacy group suing the Biden administration in July 2021, will argue in court Tuesday that the order requiring all passengers to wear masks “has no roots in federal law, but violated existing federal law in how it was promulgated.” The order suffers from an inconsistent application of sound science.
“The Biden administration is trying to paper over an illegal, sweeping order on Americans that is full of huge legal and scientific holes,” HFDF founder and president Leslie Manokian said in a press statement. “For a federal agency to be able to usurp the power of Congress and violate basic individual rights is not inconsistent with the law — it is inconsistent with basic common sense.”