Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul is done with the mask mandates on public transportation. He is just plain tired of paying more money for travel and being “treated like crap.”
Senator Paul is certainly not alone when it comes to feeling the tension that surrounds the country’s face mask policies. He is ready to force the hand of his colleagues in Washington so that legislation is provided that will keep the transportation industry from mandating mask-wearing.
Paul said in an interview with Newsmax, “It’s a joke, it’s theater, and there’s no reason to be wearing them on the planes. I want them to bring me at least a glass of water and peanuts, and I don’t want somebody jammering at me to put my mask on in between peanuts.”
The current guidelines that we have from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require that travelers wear masks if they are two years or older while on public transportation. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that her organization is considering offering a new policy.
Senator Paul, a former physician, is now the senior member of the Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee. In July, he introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act, which will keep the mass transportation industry from mandating masks. Because he has the passion to get rid of the mandate altogether, he has vowed to force a vote on the issue so that the public will see exactly where Democrats stand on the issue.
Paul’s fervor to make this happen is coinciding with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with Rep. Beth Van Duyne suing the Biden Administration. The focus of their lawsuit is the mandate to wear masks in airports and on planes.
This issue has been a source of tension for over a year now. As of the 1st of February, the Federal Aviation Administration had received 323 reports of unruly passengers since the pandemic began. There have been 205 reports of incidents related to wearing a mask since the beginning of 2022.
Senator Paul has said clearly that there is no science behind mask-wearing and no reason to continue the formality.
He appeared on Newsmax’s program “Spicer and Co” with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently. The senator was asked about efforts to get legislation passed that would temporarily fund the government before the deadline hits and the government will run us. Lindsey Keith, the co-host with Sean Spicer, noted that Paul is one of six GOP Senators who signed a letter saying they refused to pass the temporary Continuing Resolution that would fund the government. Their refusal is tied to wanting the Senate to allow a vote on an amendment that would defund the remaining vaccine mandates for federal employees and medical workers from the White House administration.
Lindsey Keith asked the Senator to talk about what is happening inside of the Capitol.
“Now this should not shock you, the government is going to run out of money, again. The government is always running out of money because we’re perpetually spending more than comes in. So yes, there will be another deadline,” Paul said.
He went further and noted that he had previously proposed some legislation that was called a “shutdown prevention bill.” This would decrease government spending by 1% every 90 days if Congress can’t pass a budget resolution before funding runs out. Paul believes that this would be a good move for the nation because it would pressure “real cuts” and cause Congress to work harder to pass more bills.
Paul quickly focused the conversation on vaccine and mask mandates. He said that the country was “sick and tired” of government mandating behavior and taking away people’s liberty. At one point, he said that he was as mad as the truckers in Canada must be.
Let’s hope that Senator Paul has some colleagues that will rally around him and get this bill done.