WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator JD Vance requested unanimous consent on his Freedom to Breathe Act in a speech today on the Senate floor. Senate Democrats blocked Senator Vance’s motion, sending a clear signal to the nation that Democrats support the return of mask mandates.
“We cannot repeat the anxiety, the stress, and the nonstop panic of the last couple of years,” said Senator Vance. “That’s what this legislation is about. End the mandates, end the panic, and let’s get back to some common sense.”
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The Freedom to Breathe Act is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Ted Budd (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Katie Britt (R-AL).
Read the legislation here.
- Senator Vance originally introduced the Freedom to Breathe Act on Tuesday, September 5. The legislation would 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. The legislation would also prohibit air carriers, transit authorities, and educational institutions from refusing service to individuals who choose not to wear a mask.