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Gop Sen. Mitt Romney Votes With Democrats To Keep Masks Mandate For Kids

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) recently joined Democratic colleagues on the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee to approve a rule that keeps in place a mask mandate for toddlers involved in a federal early learning program.

The controversial vote came Tuesday at a HELP committee hearing, during which lawmakers assessed a Department of Health and Human Services’ rule requiring masks for all Head Start program participants — even for children as young as 2 years old.

Head Start is a federal program with chapters in all 50 states that aims to “promote the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families.”

Under the rule, effective Nov. 30, 2021, all Head Start participants 2 years of age and older are subject to “universal masking” with the aim of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Head Start staff and volunteers are also required to be vaccinated.

Republicans on the committee, however, have sought to provide congressional disapproval of the HHS initiative. In particular, Sen. Mike Braun introduced an amendment seeking to prevent the department from implementing or enforcing its regulations on Head Start program participants.

But in a 12-10 vote Tuesday, Democratic committee members — with Romney’s help — blocked Braun’s amendment. Based on video of the vote posted on Twitter, Romney was the only Republican senator to side with Democrats on the committee.

News of Romney’s vote quickly elicited condemnation from Republicans on social media.

BlazeTV host Steve Deace tweeted, “Mitt Romney is human debris politically. Always has been, always will be. Some of us have been telling you this since… (Read more)

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