State Takes on CDC

Republican Governor Discusses Lawsuit Against CDC

( – Figures compiled for the Cruise Lines International Association for 2019, the last calendar year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, show the huge role the international cruise industry plays in the United States’ economy. Direct spending by the cruise lines, passengers and crew members reached $25.1 billion that year.

Fed up with federal COVID-19 restrictions, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis filed a lawsuit against the CDC in early April to get its conditional sail order against the cruise industry lifted. Things move slowly in the federal court system, but on May 5, DeSantis shed some light on the lawsuit’s progress during a press conference.

DeSantis tore into the CDC for wrecking the nation’s economy. He also took aim at the bureau for what it did to the cruise industry. Do you want unelected bureaucrats “to have the power to indefinitely shut down a major industry?” he asked.

Continuing, he reminded reporters the CDC said it would shut down the cruise industry for a couple of weeks in March 2020. It’s a year later, and “there’s no end in sight” if the CDC gets its way.

“That’s not fair,” DeSantis stated. “We have a hearing coming up in federal court… I want the cruises going.”

He’s correct. It’s time to get Americans back to work and to get the economy back in full swing. Enough is enough.

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