- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday evening that it is ready to file an appeal of the decision out of Florida.

DOJ attorneys said they are waiting for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take a second look at its decision to extend the federal mandate through May 3 and affirm they feel it “remains necessary for public health.”

The statement is a strong sign that the Biden administration will fight the court ruling that nixed the mandate late Monday.

“The department continues to believe the order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority Congress has given CDC to protect the public health,” DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley said. “That is an important authority the department will continue to work to preserve.”

The statement signaled the administration wants to safeguard its ability to set the rules of the road amid the COVID-19 pandemic even if passengers started to shed their masks on planes, buses and trains across America.

For more information, visit The Washington Times COVID-19 resource page.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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