Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his Democrat lawmakers in voting to have the federal mask mandate remain in place for kids as young as 2 years old.
Mitt Romney voted against ending the vaccine and mask mandates in the federal Head Start program in a Committee hearing on the PREVENT Pandemics Act.
The PREVENT Pandemics Act takes “steps that are common-sense to act on things learned from the pandemic response,” according to a committee press release.
Republican Sen. Mike Braun (IN) introduced an amendment to the legislation that would keep the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from “enforcing or implementing their rules about vaccination or mask protections in the Head Start program again.”
According to HHS, “universal masking for all people two years of age and older” are required for everyone in the head start program.
“After being under federal mask mandates for nearly two years, Pres. Biden announced in his State of the Union speech because of the CDC’s new mask guidelines, Americans can now be mask-free in most of the U. S.. I totally agree with him on that. It is time to get our lives back based on science and not the political science.”
Swing GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) backed Mike Braun’s amendment, but it completely failed. Mitt Romney was the only committee Republican that voted not to lift the mask mandates for young children.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) said the federal mandates are “hurting children.”
“The rest of America is offended by you telling them that we are going to make their children keep wearing masks when the are not at risk of dying from or spreading this disease. It is not scientific or humane, and it is interfering with their learning,” Paul said.
Mitt Romney is known for siding with Dems, but this might be too much of an obvious betrayal. How are the people of Utah going to feel about this when it is time for the next election?