Texas Democrats Want Mask Mandate

Barbara Schwarz
July 01, 2020 - 4:27 pm

    DALLAS (KRLD) - Texas Democrats support a statewide mask mandate as cases of Covid-19 soar.  Texas Wednesday set a record with 8,076 new cases, eclipsing the previous record set only Tuesday by over a thousand.

    Governor Abbott has closed bars and banned elective surgeries in some counties.  State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher says he had hoped he would hear a more aggressive response.  "I hate to say is
    but as of right now, the only response we've had from the governor is something between nothing, nada, and zilch."

    State Representative Toni Rose says because of the rush to reopen the state, businesses that first opened are closing down.  "If governor Abbott cares about the people of Texas, he will mandate face masks across our state today rather than waiting until this crisis gets even worse.  Abbott's failed leadership has led Texas to become one of the most dangerous states to live in during the pandemic and will continue to cost lives.  I don't understand why he doesn't realize that."

    State Representative Donna Howard says "we have to have a statewide mandate if we want to save lives, and as we recently saw from Goldman Sachs we could actually save the state of Texas 87 billion dollars by having a statewide masking mandate."

    She notes studies from Texas A&M and the University of Texas showed a mandate for wearing masks is the most effective tool to stop the spread of the virus.

    Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News.  that Dr. Anthony Fauci, quote, doesn't know what he's talking about and I don't need his advice anymore.  Martinez Fisher says that a harmful message.  "I hate to say that but that is absolutely wrong and that cannot be the policy for the state of Texas.   Citizens and people across the country, especially in the state, deserve more than that."

    Abbott says  "Government cannot require individuals to wear masks," he added. "Local governments can require stores and businesses to require masks. That’s what was authorized in my plan."