United States Sen. JD Vance introduced the “Freedom to Breathe Act” on Tuesday, which would prohibit the reimposition of federal mask mandates in America.
“We tried mask mandates once in this country,” Vance said. “They failed to control the spread of respiratory viruses, violated basic bodily freedom and set our fellow citizens against one another. This legislation will ensure that no federal bureaucracy, no commercial airline and no public school can impose the misguided policies of the past. Democrats say they’re not going to bring back mask mandates — we’re going to hold them to their word.”
Vance’s bill would apply through the end of 2024. It would block any federal official, including the President of the United States, from issuing mask mandates applying to domestic air travel, public transit systems, or primary, secondary and post-secondary schools. It also bans air carriers, transit authorities and educational institutions from refusing service to individuals who choose not to wear a mask.