Florida Launches Lawsuit Against Biden Administration over Mask Mandate
During the covid pandemic, one state stood out boldly from the rest. As mandates heavily restricting American businesses and lives were handed out by “authorities,” Florida marched its way to freedom, largely rejecting the advice from the CDC, thanks to Republican leadership.
Now they are holding the government accountable for the encroachment on American lives.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, announced that they will be launching a lawsuit against the Biden administration, for extending the mask mandates on airplanes and other transportation, pointing out that the mandates are not based on scientific evidence.
Now 20 other states around the country are jumping on board and joining the lawsuit against the Biden administration.
“The state of Florida joined by 20 other states has filed an action against the Biden administration and multiple parties within to challenge the mandatory mask mandate within transportation hubs and on airplanes,” Moody announced alongside the governor.
“This rule, this order is completely outside the bounds of the scope of federal power as we have argued successfully in numerous other cases, the CDC and the federal government and the Biden administration never had the power to issue this order originally,” she continued.
“This must be lifted,” she said, adding, “We have a lot of faith in the court that they will agree with our legal analysis.”
“I think the governor would agree that we would hope and still demand that this administration take their huff on travel stands to the border,” Moody added.
DeSantis stated that Americans continue to see “lingering elements of COVID theater” because of the continuously extended federal mask mandate.
“It’s not something that’s grounded in any science because if you have somebody sitting in the window seat and they’re nibbling on peanuts for two and a half hours, they can have their mask down. You have the person in the middle seat that is not eating, if they just wanted to read a magazine without the mask, somehow that would be a big problem” DeSantis said.
The case is Florida v. Walensky, No. 8:22-cv-00718 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
The Governor also pointed out that Florida has previously won against federal mandates, including the CDC cruise ship guidance and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate.
States joining the lawsuit include – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, CDC Chief of Staff Sherri Berger, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas are all listed as plaintiffs in the case.
The mask mandate was supposed to expire on March 18 but the Biden Administration extended it until April 18.