"Americans should be able to travel to celebrate Independence Day with their friends and loved ones without having to follow an outdated and unnecessary mandate."
The Republicans also argue that ending the mandate would help with the country's economic recovery by safely boosting travel and tourism.
"Outside of the Beltway, the country is going back to normal. Wyoming and most other states lifted their mask mandate months ago. Vaccination rates are increasing and COVID cases are decreasing. The only place most Americans are wearing masks now is in airports and on airplanes," Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said. "Secretary Buttigieg even said that the mandate is not actually about the science, but instead about ‘respect.' If there's no science backing it up, it's time for the mandate to go."