Arguably the most liberal state in America is trying to push its far-left policies nationwide.
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to ban states from getting stimulus funds if they do not mandate the wearing of masks, Fox News reported.
Feinstein said she will issue an amendment to a forthcoming coronavirus relief package that will deny funds to states that do not mandate the wearing of masks.
“In the last two weeks, 41 states saw an increase in coronavirus cases, with a total of 3.5 million infected nationwide. California, Florida, and New York each topped 300,000 cases, and Texas will soon follow. We’ve seen 60,000 new cases in five of the last six days. We’re failing to control this virus and it’s time for serious action,” the senator said on her website.
“Research shows that masks reduce transmission of the coronavirus. CDC Director Redfield said this surge in COVID-19 cases could end within two months if we adopt ‘universal masking.’ Businesses like Walmart, Kohl’s, and Kroger now require masks. And countries that are successfully controlling this virus require masks. So why doesn’t the United States have a national mask mandate?” she said.
“Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. Leader McConnell said the Senate will take up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month. At that time, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement,” she said.
“The situation is getting worse daily. Several states including California, Alabama, and Montana already require masks in public. This should be universal. My hope has been that other governors would show the leadership to institute their own mask mandates, but so far that hasn’t happened. It’s time for Congress to step in. This is a matter of life or death, and partisan politics shouldn’t play a role,” she added.
Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have some type of mask-wearing mandate because the coronavirus spreads.
President Donald Trump’s administration has so far decided to leave the decision on mandating masks to individual states rather than issuing a federal mandate.
“We leave it to localities to make the decisions with regard to face coverings, and the CDC guidelines remain the same today: recommended, but not required,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said this week.
But the question for many Americans is this: if the government can mandate this, what else can it mandate in the future?
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