U.S. Sen. JD Vance, R-Cincinnati, said the “Freedom to Breathe Act” introduced Thursday afternoon on the Senate floor would prevent the federal government from again imposing facial mask mandates in the country as COVID-19 cases increase.
“We cannot repeat the anxiety, the stress, and the non-stop panic of the last couple of years,” said Vance, a Middletown native. “End the mandates, end the panic, let’s get back to some common sense.”
The “Freedom to Breathe Act,” which would apply through the end of 2024, seeks to prohibit any federal official, including the President of the United States, from issuing mask mandates for domestic air travel, public transit systems, or primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, according to Vance.
The legislation would also prohibit air carriers, transit authorities, and educational institutions from refusing service to individuals who choose not to wear a mask, he said.
It’s time for “calmness, resolve and strategic thinking, not by pretending the world is ending,” Vance said.
Vance, the father of three children under the age of 7, said this country needs not to be “chicken little” about every respiratory pandemic and problem that confronts this country.