The action initiated by Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) in September is currently being referred to as a “political miracle.” The Republican politician, who enjoys significant support from pro-Trump constituents, managed to overcome considerable challenges by persuading ten Democratic lawmakers to align themselves with the Republican minority. This coalition successfully advanced a crucial legislative measure aimed at preventing the reintroduction of compulsory face mask mandates.
By compelling Democratic representatives from politically diverse states to publicly declare their stance on mask mandates, which are not widely favored by the population, Vance successfully garnered significant bipartisan backing.
According to a report by Fox News, Vance’s “Freedom to Breathe Act” was successfully incorporated as an amendment into an appropriations measure on Wednesday. In a subsequent remark, Vance characterized the amendment as “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.”
In a news release dated September 5th, Vance introduced the bill as a separate measure and provided an explanation, “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.”
“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.”
He further stated, “Today, the United States Senate took an emphatic step toward common sense and individual liberty. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished here and look forward to continuing the fight.”
According to the statement, the legislation is designed to remain in effect until the conclusion of 2024 and aims to “prohibit any federal official, including the President, from issuing mask mandates applying to domestic air travel, public transit systems, or primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.”
Moreover, the forthcoming legislation will prohibit “air carriers, transit authorities, and educational institutions” from denying service to anybody who are not wearing masks.
Vance expounded about the imperative nature of the bill during his address to the Senate on September 9th.
“I think that what our children most of all need, and I’m the father of three kids under the age of 7, they need us not to be ‘chicken little’ about every single respiratory pandemic and problem that confronts this country.”
“We are going to have people who get sick from viruses. It has always been thus. And the way to respond to it is with calmness, resolve, and strategic thinking. Not by pretending the world is ending because what has always happened is going to happen once again,” Vance continued.
“We cannot repeat the anxiety, the stress, and the non-stop panic of the last couple of years. That’s what this legislation is about. End the mandates, end the panic and let’s get back to some common sense.”
In mid-October, the Supreme Court of the United States revealed that it had granted a writ of certiorari in a case involving the states of Louisiana and Missouri against the Biden administration. This case revolves around the states’ efforts to limit the federal government’s indirect encouragement of platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/X to engage in censorship of unpopular viewpoints, without explicitly instructing them to do so. Such actions would constitute a clear violation of the First Amendment’s safeguarding of freedom of speech.
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The legal case, originally initiated by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in May 2022, pertained to the exertion of governmental influence on major technology companies to restrict specific information, specifically concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This included discussions on the effectiveness and potential risks associated with mask-wearing, vaccines, and other preventive measures.
On July 4, a ruling was made by U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty, initiating legal proceedings on the case. The decision entailed the prohibition of various federal agencies, namely the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, and the Department of Justice, from engaging with companies in a manner that could be interpreted as “encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech.”
As seen by the disclosures known as the “Twitter files” and “Facebook files,” it becomes apparent that government entities expressed a clear and unequivocal desire to impose restrictions on specific information, mostly pertaining to COVID-19 and the contentious matter of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Source: Fox News
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