Jacobs backs legislation which would deny federal funds to schools requiring masks for in-person education

Posted 25 February 2022 at 9:43 am

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) cosponsored the Unmask our Kids Act.

“It is far past time to remove the mask mandate in New York schools and return normalcy to our students’ classrooms, gymnasiums, lunchrooms, and playgrounds,” Jacobs said. “I am proud to join this legislation to do just that.”

The legislation would prohibit the Secretary of Education from providing federal funds to a local educational agency unless in-person education is available to all students and parents have the ability to send their children to class mask-less.

“As more states have moved to drop mask mandates on our children in schools, New York continues to bring up the rear by still forcing kids to mask up in the classroom,” Jacobs said. “Forced masking has done incredible damage to the emotional, social, and language development of children. Many younger students have now developed new speech problems as a result, with more suffering from emotional intelligence problems because they are unable to fully read facial cues.”

Note: The legislation was introduced by Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Iowa.