Federal Judge Overturns CDC Mask Mandate For Public Transportation

Headline Roundup April 18th, 2022

A federal judge in Florida has overturned the CDC's mask mandate on planes, trains, buses and other forms of public transportation.  

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2020, ruled that the public health agency exceeded its legal authority. Mizelle also argued that the CDC failed to adequately justify its decision to lengthen the mandate and was vague when describing the "attributes of acceptable masks." White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki labeled Mizelle's ruling as an "obviously a disappointing decision." The CDC announced last week that it would extend the mask mandate until at least May 3, marking the fifth extension since the rule was initially enforced. While mask mandates in all 50 states are currently lifted, Philadelphia and some other cities are starting to reinstate them amid a spike in COVID-19 cases

Left-rated outlets such as BuzzFeed News (Left bias) were more likely to accentuate how the "surprise" order "may be appealed" and is "expected to create confusion at airports and on transportation" across the country. Some right-rated outlets like National Review (Right bias) emphasized how "a number of major airline CEOs" have been calling on the Biden administration to lift the transportation mask mandate, "citing low case numbers and severity nationwide."

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A federal judge in Florida overturned the Biden administration’s national transportation mask mandate on Monday, determining that the CDC overstepped its authority by requiring masks on planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation.

The order handed down by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle holds that the CDC’s masking requirement violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because it was implemented “without allowing public participation through the APA’s notice and comment procedures.”

Mizelle, who was appointed by former president Donald Trump in 2020, found that the mandate is full of contradictions and lacks specificity....

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A federal judge in Florida on Monday declared that the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation is unlawful, invalidating a regulation that required travelers in the U.S. to wear masks on airplanes, trains, taxis, buses and other forms of public transit.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa said the mandate exceeded the authority granted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under federal public health law.

Judge Mizelle, a President Donald Trump appointee, said Congress had never clearly given the CDC the power to issue population-wide preventive...

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A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the CDC's mask mandate in airports, transit hubs, and public transportation is unlawful and has ordered that it be struck down.

US District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle for the Middle District of Florida wrote in a summary judgment that the CDC had exceeded its legal powers by issuing the mandate in January 2021 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"The Court concludes that the Mask Mandate exceeds the CDC's statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rulemaking under the...

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