Masking Up Again: Dem Markey Blocks ‘Freedom to Breathe’ Act

Masking Up Again: Dem Markey Blocks ‘Freedom to Breathe’ Act

September 7, 2023

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) this week blocked Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) after the Republican tried to pass the “Freedom to Breathe” Act by unanimous consent. The act would essentially ban federal mask mandates.

“We tried mask mandates once in this country. They failed to control the spread of respiratory viruses, violated basic bodily freedom, and set our fellow citizens against one another,” Vance said in a statement after initially introducing the legislation.

He explained that the 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,” he added.

Vance tried to pass the legislation in the upper chamber by unanimous consent, but fear-mongering Markey blocked it, asserting that “it would hamstring public health experts who guided our nation out of the darkest days of a pandemic.”

Guided our nation out of the pandemic? It was the public health “experts” who lied to us, who manufactured the panic and exploited it for massive profits and power.

“Heed the message for the American people and let’s learn the lessons of the past couple of years. Mandatory masking was a failure. It had cost for very little benefits, and we shouldn’t repeat it. Mr. President, as if in legislative session, I asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediately consideration of S. 2738, the Freedom to Breathe Act, which is at desk,” Vance said.

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