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Sen. Collins questions Garland on 'conflicting positions' on COVID mask mandates, southern border

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NSA Border Security Committee Chair Sheriff Mark Dannels on the border crisis and potential for Title 42 to be extended. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Tuesday pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland on "conflicting positions" the Biden administration has held on a number of issues, including COVID-19 mandates and border security. During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Collins asked Garland how the administration could justify its conclusion that the pandemic had "subsided enough to warrant the termination of Title 42" while at the same time arguing that "the public health consequences are dire enough to warrant compelled mask usage by Americans on public transportation." Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, questions Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2023 budget of the Department of Justice at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2022. In his response to Collins, Garland insisted that the role of the Justice Department is "not to make judgments about the public health and really not to make judgments about policy," but to instead "make determinations of whether the programs and requests of the agencies that are responsible for those are lawful."