White House calls federal ruling to toss mask mandate 'a disappointing decision'

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  15 comments

By:   Brooke Singman (Fox News)

White House calls federal ruling to toss mask mandate 'a disappointing decision'
The White House said the federal court ruling Monday to void the Biden administration's mask mandate for travelers using public transportation such as trains and airplanes was "obviously a disappointing decision."

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The White House said the federal court ruling Monday to void the Biden administration's mask mandate for travelers using public transportation such as trains and airplanes was "obviously a disappointing decision" in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending its order for passengers to wear face coverings be extended.

A federal judge on Monday voided the Biden administration's transportation mask mandate from the CDC, which applies to people as young as 2 years old, and had been set to expire a number of times. The order was recently extended to May 3 before Monday's ruling.

"The CDC recommended continuing the order for additional time two weeks to be able to assess the latest science in keeping with its responsibility to protect the American people, so, this is obviously a disappointing decision," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. "The CDC continues recommending wearing a mask in public transit."

The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle came in a case brought in Florida federal court by Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc. and frequent air travelers Ana Daza and Sarah Pope against the administration.

Corona virus prevention face mask protection N95 masks and medical surgical masks at home. (iStock)

Judge Mizelle determined that the mandate violated the Administrative Procedure Act by being outside the scope of the CDC's authority, was "arbitrary" and "capricious" and not going through the required notice and comment period for federal rulemaking.

It remains to be seen whether the administration will appeal the decision.

Fox News' Peter Doocy pressed Psaki during the press briefing Monday asking, "Why is it that we can sit here in the White House briefing room with no masks, but people can't sit in an airplane cabin with no masks?"

Psaki responded by citing the CDC's green, yellow and red mask guidance to determine precautions to take based on specific COVID-19 community levels. She explained that Washington, D.C., is a "green zone," so the CDC is not recommending that masks be worn.

The White House press secretary also stated that Biden administration is "reviewing the decision," and added that the Justice Department will "make any determinations about litigation."

Psaki added that the administration had ordered a two-week extension to "look at the data and make recommendations based on the data, on the science, about whether [the order] should be continued or not."

The CDC last week extended the mandate for an additional 15 days due to a recent increase in cases of COVID-19. The Biden administration had previously extended the federal mask mandate to April 18 in early March.

"CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85% of U.S. cases," said CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund. "Since early April, there have been increases in the 7-day moving average of cases in the U.S. In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC Order will remain in place at this time. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided to extend the security directive and emergency amendment for 15 days, through May 3, 2022."

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talks to reporters during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 06, 2022 in Washington, DC. Psaki fielded questions about the failure of a COVID-19 funding bill to pass out of the U.S. Senate. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The federal travel mask mandate has remained in place even as all 50 states have announced plans to end mask mandates.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

This time it was the old CDC's green, yellow and red mask guidance, which the White House relies on!  Psaki is getting tired of making it up on the fly and will be moving on, presumably for her own sanity, to a nice easy job of agreeing with everyone over on MSNBC.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago
Judge Mizelle determined that the mandate violated the Administrative Procedure Act by being outside the scope of the CDC's authority, was "arbitrary" and "capricious" and not going through the required notice and comment period for federal rulemaking.

Processes are set up for a reason.  This is what happens when you try to circumvent the system.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    one month ago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loses in court again.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    one month ago

That's what kind of baffles me.  I could be wrong but I don't think the CDC really has any authority to implement mandates like this.  All they can do is make recommendations.  The only thing they can implement are policies for their own facilities.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.1    one month ago
  I could be wrong but I don't think the CDC really has any authority to implement mandates like this.  All they can do is make recommendations.

That is what this is about. They cannot be a law unto themselves.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    one month ago

Completely agree.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

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Sean Treacy
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4  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Trump judge did Biden a favor. Now he doesn’t  have to worry about angering his  covid zero fans and can just blame the judge for ending the ban.  Doubt they’ll appeal.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    one month ago
Trump judge did Biden a favor.

As did the Easter Bunny!

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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4.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    one month ago

They can appeal all they want.  They can stomp their feet and cry for all I care.  They didn't follow the proper channels.  It's that simple.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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5  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago

What is truly amazing, but not unexpected, is the fact that they are still free to wear the masks if they please. No one said "No Masks Allowed Anymore". FFS

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5    one month ago

Yeah, you said that, many times.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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5.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    one month ago

Can you refute the fact that you can wear a mask any damned time you want to? Of course you can't.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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6  Tacos!    one month ago

We should always be willing to look at the reasons for a recommendation or mandate. The whole thing is so political anymore; I feel like all the loudest voices don’t care what the reasons are. They’re just in opposition to whatever the other side wants.

So, this decision should not be seen as some kind of affirmation that masks were never necessary, or even that they aren’t necessary now.

However, it may well be that it isn’t necessary to mandate them anymore. New cases are still well above what they were about a year ago when the first vaccines were being administered, so I can see why the White House would still want the mask mandate.

However, hospitalizations and deaths actually are pretty close to what they were at their lowest point last year, and that is supposed to be what we are looking at now. In other words, it’s maybe not such a big deal if everyone gets sick, but almost no one goes to the hospital.

Are we definitely at that magic point, yet? I don’t know. I doubt anyone knows.

 
 
 
Ender
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6.1  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @6    one month ago

I am beginning to think some want it to run rampant and supposedly let it run its course.

They fail to see any long term complications.

 
 

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