Democratic lawmakers want to give out free masks

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Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 12:40 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 10:49 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing the “Masks for All Act” in an effort to curb the coronavirus surge.

Sanders and three dozen Democratic senators and representatives unveiled the legislation Tuesday. It seeks to manufacture and distribute high-quality, reusable masks to everyone in the country. They say the proposal was developed in consultation with health experts.

According to one estimate, widespread mask-wearing could save more than 40,000 American lives by November, while another analysis predicted that widespread mask-wearing would save the U.S. economy $1 trillion.

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