Justice Department Sides with CDC
This legal battle could set a major precedent for what authority the CDC has to regulate our lives.
From CBS News. The Justice Department has filed an appeal that seeks to reverse a judge’s recent ruling that ended the nation’s mask mandate on public transit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had asked the department to appeal the decision, issuing a statement Wednesday that said the mandate “remains necessary for the public health….”
The Justice DepartmentTuesday it would appeal U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s decision only if the CDC said the mandate was still necessary. The department said Tuesday that it disagreed with the district court’s decision, and upon filing the appeal, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley issued a statement Wednesday saying, “In light of today’s assessment by the CDC that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor remains necessary to protect the public health, the Department has filed a notice of appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al.”
On Monday, Mizelle, ruling that the mandate exceeded the authority of U.S. health officials. In the aftermath, the Transportation Security Administration said it would no longer enforce the mandate….
Asked Tuesday if people should still wear masks on planes, President Biden replied: “That’s up to them,” according to The Associated Press….
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(Excerpt from CBS News. Photo Credit: engin akyurt on Unsplash)
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