Congress may impose punishment for lack of masks

Congress is considering measures to enforce the wearing of masks and punish the state that will not force its residents to do so.

Senator Bernie Sanders, along with former head of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt, say they will propose a Masks for All bill next week that “will force the Trump administration to purchase and deliver high-quality reusable masks to all US residents.”

The bill will also provide for the delivery of N95 and surgical masks to doctors and nurses, and will amend the Defense Manufacturing Act to increase the production of high-quality masks that will provide new job opportunities for unemployed Americans.

Senator Diane Feinstein, in turn, wants to impose punishment for states that do not comply with the order to wear masks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been a vocal proponent of wearing masks in recent days, saying this week that it is “the only important thing that can leave the coronavirus.”