Senate Republicans rip CDC’s new mask guidance as ‘kabuki theater’


Senate Republicans blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Protection’s (CDC) new recommendations that fully vaccinated people should mask up again due to the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, saying the American people deserve the freedom to make their own decisions after almost a year and a half of restrictions and mandates.

“The decision yesterday by the CDC to reverse its guidance and mandate masks for vaccinated people is the kind of decision that is infuriating people across this country,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said during a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Wednesday morning.

“I believe the CDC’s decision yesterday was politics. It wasn’t science,” he said. “Today, the credibility of the CDC is in tatters because leadership of the CDC has been willing to allow science to become politicized.”

“My view: there should be no mandates, no mask mandates, no vaccine mandates, and no vaccine passports,” he added.

Cruz’s comments came one day after the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans should start wearing face masks indoors again in places with high COVID-19 transmission rates. As a result, the White House and House of Representatives have reinstated their mask mandates, while the Senate is being strongly encouraged to mask up.

“We see the kabuki theater here,” Cruz said Wednesday. “Everyone here has been vaccinate… (Read more)