AZ Governor Sues Biden For Withholding Cash For Non-Masked Schools

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 26 January 2022 05:15
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Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has filed suit against President Biden's Administration, attempting to bar the White House from withholding federal funds to the state over differences in school COVID-19 policy.

"The governor's office will not eliminate or change the (education) programs to conform to Treasury's unlawful dictates," the lawsuit states, according to the Arizona Republic.

"In Arizona, our top priority is to get kids caught up, and we are using a wide range of resources to make that happen — including federal dollars allocated to our state," Ducey announced on Friday.

"Make no mistake, we will always support families and kids while protecting their right to choose an education that best fits their needs," the governor continued.

The Biden Administration told the state it has to stop withholding federal funding from schools with mask mandates or the department may take back more than $160 million in Coronavirus relief money the state specified for schools.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich firmly rejected the Administration's threat, threatening swift legal action if pushed.

Brnovich issued a letter on January 20 to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen after Yellen threatened, on behalf of the Biden Administration, to withhold funds from the state due to a difference in COVID-19 policy.

"Madam Secretary, the states created the federal government, not the other way around," Brnovich wrote. "Unfortunately, members of the Biden administration have continuously ignored this fundamental principle of our great nation when proposing and enacting bureaucratic mandates and harmful regulations upon individual states."

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Meanwhile, team Biden plans to give away 400 million N95 masks — mainly after Omicron has peaked.

Masks from the Strategic National Stockpile will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the nation, beginning sometime in the next week. However, the program won't be completely operational until February.

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Omicron has already peaked in these parts, and the rest of America should be there before President Joe Biden's giveaway is in first gear.

It appears the White House belatedly swung into action after the CDC revealed that cloth face masks aren't useful against COVID-19. Though that advisory was itself old news, the public-health bureaucracy just cringes from admitting even the obvious.

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Not that N95s would've been a tremendous help even weeks ago. As Biden notes, they're "a pain in the neck." They're much harder to breathe through; even doctors don't wear them for long.

This follows a year of Biden being late to respond to COVID developments. He promised to ramp up testing time and again then failed to follow through. Last week, the Administration quietly launched COVIDtests.gov, a site where Americans can finally order free at-home test kits.

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