21 states file lawsuit to end federal mask mandate for public transportation

21 states file lawsuit to end federal mask mandate for public transportation

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  • Washington (CNN)A group of 21 states, as well as groups of pilots and flight attendants, are asking federal courts to permanently end the Biden administration's federal transportation mask mandate, less than three weeks before it is set to expire.
  • The latest lawsuit, led by Florida and joined by 20 other states, asks a federal court in Florida to "issue permanent injunctive relief enjoining Defendants from enforcing the mask mandate."
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit that "it is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life."
  • The lawsuits filed by 10 pilots and nine flight attendants ask courts, in identical language, to issue a "permanent injunction prohibiting CDC and Department of Health and Human Services from ever again issuing a mask mandate for any sector of society since Congress has never approved this."

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