Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce legislation to the Senate that ends mandatory mask-wearing for travel by air, according to The Blaze.
Paul said on Tuesday that he plans to bring the measure to the upper house of Congress when they come back into session, which could be as soon as Monday.
“When the Senate returns to session, I will be introducing an immediate repeal of the mask mandate on planes. Enough! Time to stop this farce and let people travel in peace!” the Republican lawmaker tweeted.
Paul has been an outspoken skeptic of how the government has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak since early in the pandemic. He has taken that opinion to White House advisers as well as his followers on social media.
The senator has worked to represent the state of Kentucky since 2011 and is the son of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. The libertarian-leaning Republican received a variety of reactions to his declaration from respondents on Twitter.
“The families of over 600,000 people who died from COVID don’t think it’s a farce,” one tweet said in response to Paul.”Weird, my definition of peace is not having anyone in my family contract a deadly virus because some conservative virtue signaler was too afraid of what people would think if he wore a small piece of fabric to cover up his blowholes,” another tweet responded.
However, the positive comments flowed freely as well, with one tweet rejoicing at the news saying, “Thank you! Yes, the madness needs to end!”
Paul is speaking for Americans nationwide who have made it clear that they don’t believe the government has the right to presume them sick when they are well or restrict movements of people with no indication of illness.