Encouraging Masks for All Act of 2020.
Yes Virginia and the rest of the country, there is such a bill being presented in the 116th Congress. Titled, Encouraging Masks for All Act of 2020 is the brainchild of Messrs. Bloomenthal and Markey, Senators of Connecticut and Massachusetts respectively.
The one positive to bring away from this action is that the bill is only nine (9) pages in length. Otherwise, it is full of the usual bureaucratic mumbo jumbo and elaborate gibberish as you find in government publications.
Overall, the bill is a carrot and stick approach for a solution in need of a problem.
Attention; you state governors and legislatures. You’re only going to get some monies if you require your residents all to wear face masks. And even then…
SEC. 3. USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC.
(a) CONDITIONAL FUNDING WITH RESPECT TO FACE COVERINGS.
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this Act referred to as the ‘‘Secretary’’), acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using amounts appropriated under paragraph (3), shall award a
grant to each State, territory, local government, and Tribal government that, during the emergency period, subject to the exceptions under paragraph (2), requires the use of face coverings in public (including in each place of business) in the respective jurisdiction, consistent with public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grants awarded under this paragraph shall be in such amount as the Secretary determines appropriate, and shall be used by the recipient for purposes of carrying out activities related to the prevention of the transmission of COVID–19 in the applicable jurisdiction.
Read SEC. 3 above again and make sure you and your states are on the good side the Secretary of HHS.
(3) APPROPRIATIONS.— (A) IN GENERAL.—There are hereby appropriated to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, out of amounts in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $5,000,000,000, for transfer to the Secretary for the purpose of awarding grants under paragraph (1).
Yes, $5 billion for face masks. Face masks that are questionable at best for the current pandemic. Please go back and read what we’ve written previously about the use of face masks in real-world situations over the past year.
Oh yes. And if you’re one of those who still go to the Post Office (USPS) on a regular basis, face masks will be mandatory there.
(f) TERMINATION.—The requirements of this section shall cease to have effect on the date on which the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases determines, and publishes in the Federal Register a notification of such determination, that the requirement to wear a face covering is no longer necessary to prevent transmission of SARS–CoV–2.
Read the above termination paragraph and note that Dr. Faucci and his ilk aren’t going away anytime soon.