Early Wednesday, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who chairs the environment and public health committee, remotely led a Senate hearing from an Amtrak train without wearing a mask. This is a violation of President Joe Biden’s mask mandate and Amtrak policy.
A clip of the hearing, posted by C-Span, shows the Democratic senator, sans-mask, addressing a committee from aboard the Amtrak and explaining the reason for his late arrival. “Joe Biden [was] up in Wilmington last night, slept in his own bed, so he could go to the St. Patrick’s day breakfast and mass at St. Patrick’s Church,” he stated.
“Unbeknownst to me, the whole city of Wilmington practically was shut down,” Carper, who like Biden is a Delaware native, explained. “No traffic was moving, and I know the police pretty well, but there was no way they were going to let me go through, so I end up missing my train [inaudible]… maybe I’ll just drive down, but they also shut down access to I-95 for the most part. So I end up on the next train, and I’m joining you remotely, but I’ve never done this before, so we’ll see how it works out.”
Throughout the hearing about drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, Carper can be seen not wearing any kind of mask. The senator speaks from the train for about ten minutes before stating he had arrived at his destination and would be walking in the door shortly.
Sen. Carper: "I was not. I went all the way to the front car and there weren't many people up there." pic.twitter.com/Yb0WFDXZqs
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 17, 2021
Amtrak’s website shows their policy on face masks which reads: “Federal law and Amtrak policy require all customers and employees to wear a mask or covering that fully covers the entire mouth and nose, fits snugly against the side of the face, and secures under the chin at all times while onboard trains and in stations, even if state or local policies are different.”
The day after he took office, Biden signed the face-mask order that was directed at various methods of public transportation that were used on an interstate level such as busses, trains, and commercial aircraft. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a statement 10 days later, issued an 11-page order that required masks on all transportation systems in order to help the United States “Control this pandemic and aid in re-opening America’s economy.”
The CDC’s face-mask travel order grants exemption to “children under the age of 2, anyone who cannot wear a mask or wear one safely due to a disability, and anyone who would be risking workplace safety or health by wearing a mask. All masks must cover both the mouth and nose of the wearer.”
A footnote to the CDC’s order reads: “While this Order may be enforced and CDC reserves the right to enforce through criminal penalties, CDC does not intend to rely primarily on these criminal penalties but instead strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance as well as support from other federal agencies in implementing additional civil measures enforcing the provisions of this order, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with President Biden’s executive order of January 21, 2021 (Promoting COVID-19 Safety In Domestic and International Travel).”
For a group so dead set on forcing masks on every U.S. citizen, they seem to be pretty lax when it comes to themselves.