Jul 20, 2021 - Health

DeSantis vows to take cruise ship battle with CDC to Supreme Court

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes part in a roundtable discussion about the uprising in Cuba at the American Museum of the Cuba Diaspora on July 13, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the American Museum of the Cuba Diaspora in Miami, Florida, earlier this month. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) vowed Monday to appeal a court ruling in favor of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrictions on cruise ships.

Why it matters: The cruise industry is worth billions of dollars for Florida's economy and DeSantis filed a lawsuit against the CDC last April in an effort to see normal operations resume.

Of note: DeSantis succeeded in winning an injunction, but a federal appeals court ruled Saturday that the CDC regulations should remain in place.

What he's saying: "We are absolutely going to pursue to get the stay removed, either at the full 11th Circuit or at the U.S. Supreme Court," DeSantis said at a news conference Monday.

  • "I’m confident that we'd win on the merits, at the full 11th Circuit and, honestly, I'm confident we'd win at the US Supreme Court."
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