The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that the indoor “mask order” was lifted, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) still requires all House members to wear masks. Pelosi (D-Calif.) still requires all members of the House of Representatives to wear a good mask, triggering most of the members to protest.
A CNN reporter asked on the 13th whether the Congress is in compliance with the latest policy announced by the CDC, lifting the rules of the opening session must wear a mask? In this regard, Pelosi said sternly, “will not lift, are members of Congress are vaccinated?”
Senator Brian Monahan (D-CA) later confirmed Pelosi’s statement in a memo, which showed that “there will be no change to the current House mask requirement until all members and staff are vaccinated.
In response to the vaccination rate for House members, the U.S. news site Axios reported that a quarter of lawmakers have refused to be vaccinated or have held off on vaccinations due to safety concerns. Pelosi said in early April that she would not force all lawmakers to get vaccinated because it was a personal choice, but her comments on the 13th sparked discontent among many in the chamber.
House Republican Steve Scalise
House Republican Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, “This is not based on scientific grounds, Pelosi wants to use this to control the House.” In protest, more than 30 House members sent an open letter to Pelosi on the 14th, asking her to use a democratic voting system to decide whether to continue wearing the masks, “The CDC has said earlier that unless mandated by workplaces or government agencies, vaccinated people do not have to wear masks indoors or maintain a safe social distance. regulations, and three-quarters of the House of Representatives have already been vaccinated.”