Florida Federal Judge Voids CDC Mask Mandate for Planes & Public Transit: ‘Not in Accordance With Law’

[Image: U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle -- Twitter].

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, Jacob Gershman at The Wall Street Journal reported.

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.

As reported by Jacob Gershman at The Wall Street Journal:

Judge Mizelle, a President Donald Trump appointee, said Congress had never clearly given the CDC the power to issue population-wide preventative public-health measures like the mask mandate.

Because the CDC acted beyond its authority, “the court must hold unlawful and set aside the mask mandate as an agency action that is not in accordance with law,” Judge Mizelle wrote in a 59-page opinion.

The judge’s ruling came days after the Biden administration extended the transportation mask mandate through May 3 after it was set to expire Monday.

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer reports:

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis commented on Monday’s ruling, writing on Twitter, “Great to see a federal judge in Florida follow the law and reject the Biden transportation mask mandate. Both airline employees and passengers deserve to have this misery end.”

Tim Swain, a GOP candidate for South Carolina House of Representatives, posted a picture of Judge Kathrny Kimball Mizelle:

Jenna Ellis, a former attorney and counsel to 45th President Trump, tweeted:

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) thanked Judge Mizelle and expressed, “LET FREEDOM REIGN!”

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