Rick Scott seeks end to federal mass transit mask mandate
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Scott says the "SMART" Act is a way to follow the science.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott filed legislation Thursday intended to block the federal government from requiring masks on public transportation.

The Stop Mandating Additional Requirements for Travel (SMART) Act would remove governmental mask requirements from airplanes, trains, and other forms of mass transit. It does not address those imposed by businesses themselves.

“Americans are working hard to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and travel is critical to getting our economy fully re-opened. Since the start of the pandemic, I have supported wearing a mask to protect yourself and others. Now, the science has shown we can change course, and mask mandates are being lifted across the country,” Scott contended.

“Just like the federal government should not be in the business of requiring Americans to turn over their vaccination records, it should not be mandating that people wear masks on public transportation. The science just doesn’t support keeping this policy in place. We have to listen to the science and work together to move America forward. I know Americans will do the right things to stay safe, and I hope my colleagues join me in passing this important bill.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted the current order effective Feb. 1. It has been ameliorated recently to allow for “enforcement discretion.”

“On June 10, 2021, CDC announced that, until it can amend the January 29, 2021, Order, it will exercise its enforcement discretion regarding certain aspects of the Order to not require that people wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs. CDC requests that Federal partners and any cooperating state and local entities exercise similar enforcement discretion,” the CDC asserted.

Scott’s bill comes as some Democrats are joining Republicans in wanting to put restrictions on the agency’s administrative authority. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii was among those in a committee hearing this week who wondered if the CDC was being too “precautionary” with ongoing mask guidance, as Roll Call noted.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


8 comments

  • ross

    June 18, 2021 at 7:25 am

    I wish Rick wasn’t so stupid. Wearing a mask on a plane, train, or bus doesn’t prevent one from getting to his or her destination and has no adverse impact on the economy. In addition to reduced risk of spreading Covid-19, proper masks reduce transmission of other disease vectors such as colds and flu. Let’s not forget the Delta variant is spreading; the pandemic is not over. I might trust Rick’s opinion on political corruption but he lacks such expertise with regard to science. Moreover, Rick looks less like an alien freak in a mask.

    • Jim

      June 19, 2021 at 1:40 am

      He is not stupid…. if you wanna wear one no one is stopping you, but the govt has no business mandating something that creates stops people from freely breathing !

      • Ed

        June 21, 2021 at 3:02 pm

        Jim is correct. I work in the airline industry and really the only place I have to wear a mask is when I enter the airport. Now the mask is required the entire time while in the terminal and for the duration of the flight. Of course you can eat and drink but better have it on right after you are finished. I have been vaccinated and feel I should no longer have to wear the mask. If you want to wear one then be my guest but please don’t force your fears on me.

        • MFM

          June 23, 2021 at 6:43 pm

          I also work in the industry. You have to look back and see that there has never been a “mass spreader” event from passengers on an airplane. Never. And there won’t be. I travel a lot for my airline job and the mask is on from the time you enter an airport until you exit the airport at the other end. Infections have dipped. Vaccinations have been steady until very recently. I believe it’s time. However, feel free to wear if you you still want to. I won’t be a MaskHole of any kind.

    • fuck masks

      June 26, 2021 at 1:48 am

      your’e a faggot. you can keep hiding in your basement wearing your little faggy cuck muzzle if you want to, but let the rest of us who aren’t scared of some overhyped sniffles want to go back to being normal

  • PeterH

    June 18, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Donald Trump:

    “….I know more than the Generals!”

    Rick Scott:

    “…..I know more than the epidemiologist!

    Thank goodness that Rick Scott flies everywhere on his own private jet! No Covid worries there! LOL

    • Jim

      June 19, 2021 at 1:41 am

      Covid is not stopped by masks anyway !

      • Dan

        June 25, 2021 at 8:06 am

        Masks are used as way to slow the spread of covid, which prevents many from getting it if someone has it or is a carrier. The mask acts like a semipermeable membrane allowing certain to enter and preventing other molecules entering the body. Simple biology and epidemiology

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