Wednesday, May 19, 2021

House GOP Push Back on Extended COVID-19 Regulations at Capitol; ‘Not Based On Science’: Rep. Massie and Others Refuse Pelosi Mask Mandate For Floor Vote, and othe C-Virus Updates

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House GOP push back on extended COVID-19 regulations at Capitol:
House Republicans are pushing back on recently-issued guidance calling on members to wear masks in certain areas on the Capitol and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to extend proxy voting through early July — arguing, with most members being vaccinated, that Congress should return to regular order.
Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan released updated guidance on Monday, clarifying that vaccinated members are still required to wear their masks in committee gathering spaces and on the House floor, despite being allowed to go sans-mask in the hallways of the Capitol’s campus.
Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), a doctor by trade prior to being elected, submitted comments into the record during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Tuesday pushing back on the requirement, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors.
“It’s safe to assume that Dr Moynihan’s first response to the CDC guidelines was his medical decision making based on the several studies supporting the CDC’s decision,” Green told The Post, pointing out that the Capitol Attending Physician had originally agreed that masks were unnecessary for vaccinated individuals, before changing his tune days later. --->READ MORE HERE
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‘Not Based On Science’: Rep. Massie Refuses Pelosi Mask Mandate For Floor Vote:
Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s mask requirement Tuesday, saying that it lacked scientific backing and refused to wear a mask on the House floor Tuesday.
“We’ve had enough.” Massie wrote in a tweet. “We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us.”
“Her rule is not based on science. All you need to know is the mask rule has only ever applied to members when they can be seen on TV!,” the congressman added.
Massie and around eight other House Republicans reportedly refused to wear masks on the House floor Tuesday. “I can’t hear you with your mask on,” Massie shouted at an unspecified Democratic Rep. who confronted the group. --->READ MORE HERE
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