Hannah Bleau


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest order, requiring individuals to wear masks when using public transportation or residing in transportation hubs, will be “further enforced by other federal authorities,” the agency announced in its order, which went into effect this week.

Under the order, individuals are required to wear masks while using public transportation, which includes “awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories,” per the CDC.

“People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories,” the agency said, encouraging the “operators of public conveyances” to enforce the requirement to the best of their abilities.

The CDC offered tips on how to better enforce the requirement, urging operators to only allow entry to those who are wearing masks and to remind people the rule is “a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law.”

The order itself specifically states that it “shall be further enforced by other federal authorities and may be enforced by cooperating state and local authorities” through various provisions. However, the CDC noted it hopes not to rely “primarily” on criminal penalties. Instead, it anticipates widespread voluntary compliance:

While this Order may be enforced and CDC reserves the right to enforce through criminal penalties, CDC does not intend to rely primarily on these criminal penalties but instead strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance as well as support from other federal agencies in implementing additional civil measures enforcing the provisions of this Order, to the extent permitted by law and consistency with President Biden’s Executive Order of January 21, 2021.

The order exempts those under the age of two, as well as individuals with certain disabilities. Individuals are also not required to wear a mask while eating or drinking “for brief periods of time” or communicating “for brief periods of time” with someone who is hearing impaired.

The CDC also specifies that individuals do not have to wear a mask if unconscious “for reasons other than sleeping,” or if they are “incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”

The order also permits those who are “experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or are feeling winded” to remove the mask “temporarily until able to resume normal breathing with the mask.”

“Persons who are vomiting should remove the mask until vomiting ceases,” the order states.

The order will remain in effect “unless modified or rescinded based on specific public health or other considerations, or until the Secretary of Health and Human Services rescinds the determination under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act that a public health emergency exists,” the order added.

Last month, President Biden signed an order requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property. While agencies can make exceptions, they must be documented in writing. Notably, White House press secretary Jen Psaki routinely goes maskless while speaking to reporters during the daily White House press briefings.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: CDC: Mask Order Will Be ‘Further Enforced’ by ‘Federal Authorities’

White House chief of staff Ron Klain is defending President Joe Biden, who in his first week in office signed more executive orders than any of his predecessors, contending that such excessive, unilateral actions are necessary as the administration is attempting to “fix what Trump broke in the executive branch.”

“We are not taking executive action in lieu of legislation,” Klain explained as critics note the sheer volume of the orders Biden has signed in his first week in office, besting all of his predecessors.

“We are taking executive action to fix what Trump broke in the executive branch, and to keep the President’s commitments to use his power — within appropriate limits — to make progress on four crises,” he added:

As of January 27, Biden had signed 40 “executive orders, actions, and memorandums” covering a range of issues from immigration to the coronavirus, according to CNN’s running tally. He is expected to add to the list on Thursday, taking action to expand Obamacare and Medicaid.

On Wednesday, Biden signed an executive order banning new oil and gas leases on federal land. Broadly speaking, the order puts the “climate crisis at the center of United States foreign policy and national security.”

“Since his first day in office, @POTUS has signed dozens of executive actions without consulting Congress,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said on Wednesday, adding that he remains “deeply concerned about the impact these decisions will have on our country”:

Six GOP attorneys general sent a cautionary letter to Biden this week, expressing concern that he “may be following the unfortunate path of executive unilateralism” given the flurry of executive actions he has taken in the first week in office alone. They warned that they are watching and will take legal action if his administration or federal agencies overstep their constitutional authority, emphasizing that “overreaching and defying Congress will not be rewarded or succeed.”

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: White House Chief of Staff Defends Biden’s Record Executive Orders: It’s Not ‘in Lieu of Legislation’

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