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The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to overturn last month’s court decision by a federal judge that declared the mandate requiring masks on airplanes and other public transportation illegal.
In a 48-page document filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department argues that the order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early 2021 “falls easily within the CDC’s statutory authority.”
Last month, the Justice Department said it would appeal U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s decision to strike down the CDC’s mask mandate for public transportation if the agency determines the mandate is still needed to protect public health.
“None of the district court’s quarrels with the CDC order comes close to showing that the CDC has acted outside the ‘zone of reasonableness,'” the Justice Department said in the letter.
“The findings in the CDC order provide ample support for the agency’s determination that there was good cause to make the order effective without delay.”
The CDC did not immediately respond to immediate requests for comment on the issue.
This is a developing story.