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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-01) offered the Unmask Our Kids Act, which would provide families with the choice to opt-out of the mask mandates, a much needed change that would help restore normalcy in children’s lives. Instead of supporting the science, all 221 House Democrats voted against rescinding universal mask mandates in K-12 schools.

In response to House Democrats’ unanimous opposition, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement:

“Today House Democrats voted against students, against parental choice, and against science. This is more of the same from the party that has spent two years championing lockdowns and mandates. In the name of ‘science,’ liberal politicians kept schools closed for months, shut down playgrounds, and completely altered the childhood of an entire generation of children. 

“When offered an opportunity to correct course, the Democrats in this chamber doubled down on keeping kids in masks. The timing is especially frustrating to parents who have seen the same Democrat politicians pushing mandates, blatantly ignoring the very restrictions they are forcing on kids. 

“The Unmask Our Kids Act recognizes and meets the needs of children and parents – ensuring that students return not only to in-person learning, but to normal. Children deserve normalcy now. They deserve normalcy in the classroom, on the playground, in the lunchroom, on the sports field, and anywhere else where kids should be able to be kids. House Republicans will continue to fight for families and students who have had enough of the Democrats’ Covid theater and elite hypocrisy.”

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This bill would block local education agencies from receiving Department of Education funding unless schools are open for in-person learning and school mask mandates allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children.

Democrat governors and local officials have forced children to mask in school with total disregard for the social, developmental, and emotional consequences. The damage, unfortunately, is already done for too many children who are behind in their education.

With many Democrats across the country suddenly waking up to this reality, seeking to reverse harsh and arbitrary school mask mandates, the American people cannot forget the harm that has already been inflicted. The Biden Justice Department issued an October 4th memo targeting of parents based off a since-rescinded letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) which compared the outraged of concerned parents to “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” In cities such as Chicago, teachers unions have led the charge against the best interest of children and against the science, and Democrats have failed to send a clear signal to these left-leaning unions that kids belong in the classroom.