Republican lawmakers formally request CDC drops in-school mask mandates

As more parents are fed up with masking mandates for their children, especially in the schools, Republicans are looking to take Democrats to task over the matter, which will undoubtedly be a cornerstone issue in the November midterm elections.

According to the Washington Examiner, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Rep. James Comer (R-KY), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, recently penned a letter to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requesting that the agency drop mask recommendations for children in school. 

The two Republican leaders clearly laid out their science-backed reasoning for the request, which is an opinion fastly becoming one of a majority of American parents.

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, with an entire generation of children not familiar with a maskless world, it’s high time that Republicans start flexing muscle and work to end the Democrat-led mask mandate charades.

The argument

The two lawmakers pointed to numerous studies and the opinions of multiple experts who believe that masking children in the classroom, especially our youngest children, does far more harm than good, and may not have any benefit, whatsoever.

“The extent of the protection masks provide, particularly in schools, remains unknown — and it might be very small,” Scalise and Comer wrote.

They added: “Several experts note it is entirely possible that open windows or increased ventilation accounts for nearly all the mitigation benefit in a classroom and other ‘layered’ interventions may contribute only a marginal benefit or none at all.”

Additionally, they went on to point out the dangers of children not having the opportunity to learn how to read facial expressions, which can lead to depression and anxiety and likely a host of other mental health issues of which we’re not even yet aware.

“According to Dr. Lucy McBride, a well-respected Washington, D.C. physician, children ‘need to see faces to develop emotionally and socially at those ages’ yet it appears the CDC has failed to consider the adverse consequences when masking young children,” they continued.

The bombshell poll

A recent Monmouth University poll has made headlines over the past week, as it revealed roughly 70% of Americans agree with the following statement: “It’s time we accept that Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives.”

That sentiment has already played out at an official government level in a growing number of European countries, including in England, according to the BBC.

With Democrats already facing overwhelming odds at surviving the upcoming midterms, it’s at this moment that they have a brief window to pull the plug on the mask and mandate hysteria and move on. But one probably shouldn’t wager their last dollar that such a shift will happen.

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