By: Konrad Holden
On Friday, leaders in the House announced that lawmakers will be allowed on the House floor without masks, but only if they are vaccinated. This announcement comes on the heels of multiple House members being fined $500 for refusing to wear masks. All House Democrats are vaccinated while less than half of Republicans have gotten the shot.
In July of 2020, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi began to require representatives to wear masks because many members chose to not wear masks of their own accord. . Now, almost a year later and long after cases started diminishing, she is allowing representatives to take off their masks, provided they have been vaccinated.
The announcement came Friday, based on guidance from the Capitol’s attending physician, Brian Monahan. This only comes weeks after the CDC released guidance that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most public settings.
In stark contrast to the House, the Senate has never had a mask mandate, though many lawmakers voluntarily wore masks.
CNN decided to ask lawmakers about their personal health decision to get the vaccine. It appears that every Democratic member of Congress is vaccinated, and wanted to virtue signal to mainstream media. Although many Republicans have gotten the vaccine, over half of Republicans in the House either did not get the vaccine or refused to reply to the question.
These new rules mark the beginning of the House’s gradual return to normal.
“I have been urging the House to lead by example and all fully vaccinated Members to go without masks since April. Great to see the House is FINALLY listening to the science.” - Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa)
“PELOSI CAVES. FREEDOM PREVAILS.” - Rep. Brian Mast on Twitter