Mitt Romney Joins Democrats in Blocking Vote to Lift Mask Mandates

Mitt Romney Joins Democrats in Blocking Vote to Lift Mask Mandates

( – President Joe Biden instituted mask mandates on all public transportation, including air travel shortly after taking office in January 2021. The mask mandate was supposed to expire on March 18, but the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) extended it one month until April 18. The extension comes despite Democratic governors lifting mask and vaccine mandates across the country as COVID-19 wanes and virus science becomes clearer.

On Tuesday, March 16, the Senate approved a measure 57 to 40 by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to end mask mandates on public transportation. Eight Democrats joined Republicans to pass the legislation. The only Republican to hold out was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Romney’s office said the Utah senator voted against the bill because he believes public health officials should decide, not politicians. Yet, many politicians on both sides of the aisle apparently understand the US Constitution better. Elected officials enact public policy, and bureaucrats, including public health officials, execute the policies, not the other way around.

Romney has an independent streak and rebuffs party positions at times. On Tuesday, the new maverick of the Republican party joined five other members of the GOP in voting against an amendment by Sen. Paul to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position as the nation’s health dictator.

So, is Romney a reliable conservative Republican?

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