Feinstein Proposes Withholding COVID Relief From States Without Mask Orders
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposed an amendment on the next coronavirus relief bill that withholds stimulus funding from states that do not implement mandatory mask mandates, according to The Hill.
- In a statement, Feinstein shared her plan to introduce the amendment:
“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:
“My hope has been that other governors would show the leadership to institute their own mask mandates, but so far that hasn’t happened. It’s time for Congress to step in. This is a matter of life or death, and partisan politics shouldn’t play a role."
- Feinstein’s statement comes as governors, including Georgia’s Brian Kemp (R) and South Dakota’s Kristi Noem (R), have refused to implement mask mandates in their states, which goes against the advice of health experts.
- Surgeon General Jerome Adams said in an interview that the U.S. could reverse the upward trend of Covid-19 cases if more people wore masks:
“Just as we've seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective.”