House Republicans rebel Over Mask Rules

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C (Washington Insider Magazine)  On Tuesday, the chamber’s House rules – especially the need to wear masks — caused a revolt from some of the House Republicans. This is just one of the tensions that Congress wrestles with concerning regulations of returning to some sort of normalcy after the pandemic.

During the evening voting in the House, a dozen or so Republicans refused to abide by the mask rule. They stood at “the well of the chamber,” and it appeared that they tried to get other members to join them.

If they don’t wear masks, lawmakers “face hefty fines.” They are penalized “$500 for the first offense and $2,500 for the second offense. The money is deducted from their salaries.”

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) “snapped a selfie with a few other maskless members and posted it to social media. Taking pictures on the House floor is against longstanding rules due to security concerns.”

Representative Robin Kelly (D-Ill) actually confronted the “rebellious crew,” asking them to be more considerate of others.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky) was one of the House members who assisted in creating the protest. He shouted in jest to one of his colleagues, “I can’t hear you with your mask on.”

Representative Brian Mast (R-Fl) made it clear to the House that he was “done wearing masks and will refuse to wear them on the House floor going forward, even if it means being fined.”

House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, has said that on Wednesday, he has plans to introduce a “privileged motion on the topic” of masks. 

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Ark) and some of the top House Republicans, including McCarthy, have been asking Pelosi to “lift mask mandates in light of the new CDC guidelines released last week.” The CDC rules have been loosened for individuals who have been fully vaccinated.

Tensions have been high in the House over “pandemic-era protocols, which have been a point of contention for more than a year.” Unbelievably, in the Senate, there are “no requirements for members to wear masks.”


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