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Congressional Republicans Move to Abolish All COVID Restrictions

- WFB - Adam Kredo - APR 7, 2022 -

FINALLY, a stand for our most basic human rights – that’s the low state of America under the totalitarian Democrats.

Congressional Republicans are spearheading legislation that will officially mark the end of coronavirus restrictions in America by prohibiting all federally funded entities from imposing mask mandates and requiring proof of vaccination, according to a copy of the bill obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The America Reopens Act—introduced on Thursday by Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R., Fla) and three other Republicans—would halt all federal-level COVID restrictions, including the transportation mask mandate, such as those in effect for air travel. Any entity that receives federal funding would also be prohibited from requiring proof of vaccination and face coverings.

The bill is meant to codify similar policies being enacted at the state level, including Rep. Gimenez’s home state of Florida, where Republican governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of abolishing COVID restrictions. The bill comes amid growing national opposition to COVID restrictions and signals that frustration is reaching a critical mass in Congress. Gimenez and supporters say it is well past time for Congress to step in and abolish Biden administration regulations they see as draconian and increasingly unnecessary as the pandemic abates.

Reps. Byron Donalds (R., N.Y.), Kat Cammack (R., Fla.), and Maria Elvira Salazar (R., Fla.) cosponsored the bill, and it is likely a large swath of Republicans will back it. The bill is also backed by Florida attorney general Ashley Moody, according to congressional sources. It is likely, however, to face an uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her allies advocate in favor of mask mandates and other measures. Many Democratic offices in the House remain vacant as staffers continue to work from home.

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