Congressman Young suggests suing CDC over cruise restrictions

    Alaska Congressman Don Young

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Congressman Don Young told attendees of the Southeast Legislative Conference that they should "file a lawsuit" against the Centers for Disease Control at a Zoom webinar on Wednesday.

    Young was referring to the CDC protocols imposed on the cruise ship industry during the pandemic. "If I was Southeast Conference and all the communities, I'd immediately try and organize and file a lawsuit against the CDC," said Young. "Because they're being prejudiced against one industry."

    He mentioned that airplanes fly with passengers, and the CDC "could let a cruise ship go" with passengers, too. Young acknowledged that there should be safety restrictions in place for crew and patrons of cruises, such as vaccinations and COVID testing.

    Juneau Representative Sara Hannan offered a response to Young's remarks later in the conference, during a panel discussion with House members. Hannan said she has a different viewpoint from Young, and that the "CDC is not our enemy in this."

    "They have a singular focus, and that is to protect the health and safety of Americans," she said.

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