Biden says he likely would have legal authority as president to issue national mask mandate

Biden says he likely would have legal authority as president to issue national mask mandate


Joe Biden stated that he thinks he has the legal authority to mandate mask-wearing nationwide, marking a change in tone from earlier this month, when he acknowledged that the Constitution may prevent the president from going that far.

“There’s a question — I think it can be answered in the positive — a question whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply. Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there is a crisis in those states and how bad things are for the country,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. “I’d make the case why it’s necessary.”

“I’d have the scientists array — to lay out and detail why, and I would go to every governor,” Biden continued, “and I’d say, ‘We have to have this national mandate.’ We must do it. And at a

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