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Grassley Backs Call to Drop Mask Requirement on Planes, Buses

In this Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, says he is quarantining after being exposed to the coronavirus. Grassley is 87. He did not say how he was exposed. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

(Radio Iowa) Iowans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for months are still required to wear masks on public transportation, including on planes, trains and buses. Some Republicans in the U-S Senate are calling on the C-D-C to drop that mask requirement, which extends to airports, train stations and bus stations. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wasn’t part of the initial group but says he agrees with their reasoning.

Grassley says, “When you get 70% of the people having one shot and things are slowing down dramatically, I think it’s reached the point where it’s kind of ridiculous to be wearing masks.” Grassley, who tested positive for COVID late last year but was not afflicted with symptoms, says he’s fully vaccinated and he will continue to comply with the federal guidelines.

“As long as they have the rule, I’m going to wear a mask,” Grassley says. “I’m not going to fight with the airlines or the airports so I wear my mask and I’m going to do what I can to make sure things are civil in the process.” The state health department says 45-percent of Iowans are fully vaccinated for coronavirus, while 64-percent of Iowans have gotten at least one shot. The C-D-C reports about 42-percent of all Americans are fully vaccinated and 54-percent have had at least one shot. It’s very unlikely President Biden’s goal of 70-percent vaccinated by July 4th will be reached.

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