Republican lawmakers question the timing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to ease the indoor mask requirement Thursday as the Biden’s administration grapples with the crisis on several fronts.
Biden faced intense pressure this week from lawmakers on both sides of the political corridor calling for definitive action amid intensifying military clashes between Israel and Hamas. The ransomware that crippled the largest fuel supplier in the Eastern Seaboard and concerns about inflation affecting stock markets.
The CDC announcement prompted some Republicans, including Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., To question what prompted a sudden change in guidelines.
“While the new mask recommendations were encouraging, the CDC and my Far Radical Left colleagues chose to do this to distract from the consequences of catastrophic policy decisions heard around the world,”; said Biggs President. “Inflation soared, the Middle East was in turmoil, the working class couldn’t fill up the gas tanks, our borders were compromised and nowhere to be found, the leaders of the Biden Administration.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s announcement marks a major departure in the latest advisory from the agency, which recently warned in late March to “The impending punishment” as some states have loosened restrictions, Biden personally referred to the decision in a speech from Rose Garden, saying it was “an impending penalty. “Big Day” for America
“Why science hasn’t changed today,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Wrote on Twitter.
The promotion broke out across us as the inevitable violence between Israel and Hamas.
Biden’s speech provided more fodder for Republicans tearing down the administration to restrict the president’s use of media and ignore politically-laden debates such as the crisis at the southern border.
“I welcome the CDC’s advice to relax, but the president must walk and chew gum at the same time,” said Representative Morgan Griffith, R-Va. And members of the Freedom Caucus. In addressing our other national challenges, such as the colonial pipeline cyberattacks, I think Americans are aware of that fact despite the CDC’s announcement, which is just about vaccine science. “
The administration tried to retaliate this week after a ransomware attack by a Russian criminal group effectively halted operations of Colonial Pipeline. The breaches have fueled panic buying of gasoline in many states and fueled fears of a fuel shortage until a service recall on Wednesday evening.
While restoring work is underway, administrative staff are also tasked with trying to end violent clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants in Gaza. The “right to defend himself” sparked criticism from lawmakers within his own party, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, accusing Biden of “taking over”.
Biden’s claims for $ 4 trillion in spending on infrastructure and other projects also face new challenges in the form of rising inflation. Concerns are escalating among GOP lawmakers who have already argued Biden’s plan is not economically viable.
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Fears of inflation, coupled with a disappointing employment report in April, have sent stock markets plummeting in recent days.
“I can only imagine that the president has had more and more bad weeks as more and more Americans realize that his prime is making them and the country fail,” said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
The elusive masking requirements are a win for the Biden administration, who have presented a series of ongoing vaccination campaigns and a response to the coronavirus pandemic as a key initiative.
Face masking has proved divisive, with lawmakers in the red state arguing that federal advice follows science.
The CDC said individuals who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in crowded places, such as some forms of public transport. Businesses are also required to use masks in their workplaces.
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Walensky, Biden nominee, said the decision was driven by data and the advancement of the country’s unprecedented vaccination campaign.
“We all yearn for this moment when we can get back to normal,” Walensky said. We are about the spread of the virus, the moment has arrived for those who have been fully vaccinated. ”