21 states file lawsuit to end federal mask mandate for public transportation

华盛顿州 一群 21 状态, as well as groups of pilots and flight attendants, are asking federal courts to permanently end the Biden administration’s federal transportation mask mandate, less than three weeks before it is set to expire.

The latest lawsuit, led by Florida and joined by 20 other states, asks a federal court in Florida toissue permanent injunctive relief enjoining Defendants from enforcing the mask mandate.” 美国’ claims include that the policy is an abuse of federal emergency powers.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The Transportation Security Administration declined to comment.
    The lawsuit marks another push by governors around the country to throw out President Joe Biden’s federal public health order, which requires travelers to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains and boats, as well as in airports and other transportation hubs. 上个月, Texas filed a separate lawsuit in a longshot bid to scrap the President’s Covid-19 health measure.
      佛罗里达州政府. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯, 共和党人, 在一个 statement announcing the lawsuit thatit is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.
        The states joining Florida in the effort include: 阿拉巴马州, 阿拉斯加州, 亚利桑那, 阿肯色州, 佐治亚州, 爱达荷州, 印第安那州, 堪萨斯州, 肯塔基州, 路易斯安那州, 密西西比州, 密苏里州, 蒙大拿, 内布拉斯加, 俄亥俄, 俄克拉荷马州, 南卡罗来纳, 犹他州, Virginia and West Virginia.
        分别, groups of airline employees have also sued the administration this month seeking to block the mask requirement from ever being re-imposed.
          The lawsuits filed by 10 pilots and nine flight attendants ask courts, in identical language, to issue apermanent injunction prohibiting CDC and Department of Health and Human Services from ever again issuing a mask mandate for any sector of society since Congress has never approved this.The government has not yet filed responses to the lawsuits.
            The CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines and the union representing Southwest Airlines flight attendants have also urged the Biden administration to lift the measure.
            The mandate remains in place through April 18 after the administration issued a one-month extension.