Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday, July 16, said that she will propose an amendment to the next CCP Virus (coronavirus) aid legislation that would force states to implement a mask mandate.
“Research shows that masks reduce transmission of the coronavirus. CDC Director Redfield said this surge in COVID-19 [CCP Virus] cases could end within two months if we adopt ‘universal masking.’ Businesses like Walmart, Kohls, 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?” said Feinstein, a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration.
“Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] 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 continued.
Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. When the Senate takes up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement. https://t.co/DvwiVr02Vo pic.twitter.com/2uqFyNAUL4
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) July 16, 2020
Feinstein’s statement followed Democrats’ push for mask mandate across the nation. Last month, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that a federal face mask mandate is “long overdue” and the Centers for Disease Control hasn’t issued a national mandate “because they don’t want to offend the president.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also said he would make wearing a face mask in public compulsory, if elected president.
“The one thing we do know is these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody out in public be wearing that mask. Anyone to reopen would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks,” Biden told CNN’s affiliate in Pittsburgh, KDKA. “I would do everything possible to make it required that people had to wear masks in public.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) last week issued an executive order stating businesses “must” deny service to patrons not wearing a mask. However, Michigan sheriffs refused to enforce the edict.
Meanwhile, some Republican governors including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have resisted calls to issue statewide mask mandates. Kemp announced Thursday he is suing the Atlanta mayor over the measure.
“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times,” Kemp tweeted. “These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth.”