(RepublicanNews.org) – The debate over mask mandates exploded this week in the US House of Representatives. On July 27, House physician Brian Monahan reinstated the mask mandate for representatives and staff members entering the House chamber. That decision set off fireworks long before the ink dried on his order.
For example, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) quickly spoke out against the measure, stating the decision was based on Democratic COVID-19 messaging goals and not solid scientific evidence. Then, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shot back, calling him a “moron” when pressed on her response to his claim later that same day.
Rep. Lauren Boebert Responds to New Mask Mandate
On July 28, POLITICO contributor Sarah Ferris tweeted Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) threw a face mask at a Congressional staffer on the House floor. Other witnesses reported the staff member handed her a mask when she entered the House chamber without wearing one, violating the new rule.
Wow. GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert just threw a mask in the face of a floor staffer when she came to the floor not wearing one, per someone watching the exchange.
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) July 28, 2021
A spokesperson for Rep. Boebert said the congresswoman merely pushed the mask across a table back towards the staffer, adding “Boebert” simply refused to obey Pelosi’s “anti-science, totalitarian mask mandate.”
Boebert responded to the debate over the new mask mandate over the next few days. For instance, on July 29, she posted a photograph of Dr. Monahan on the House floor with his mask pulled down around his chin instead of covering his mouth and nose.
Later that day, she tweeted a demand for an end to mask mandates and lockdowns, adding the attitude Americans must “comply” with such rules so the pandemic would “end” hadn’t worked so far.
Boebert isn’t the only Republican who refused to wear a mask on the House floor. Although most Republican representatives complied with the mandate, observers counted 24 who didn’t comply in the House chamber.
House Republicans Stage Dramatic Protest
On Thursday, July 29, a group of House Republicans staged a maskless protest by marching over to the Senate chamber where masks aren’t required. Boebert, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and several other Republicans rallied together and entered the Senate floor while Rep. Mike Lee (R-UT) gave an informal speech railing against the House rules.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) rose from their seats and stood next to Lee on the Senate floor as he spoke out against the so-called science supporting the wearing of masks. Both Senators gave their own speeches blasting the House mandate after Lee concluded his remarks.
While there may not be a consensus on mask mandates with Republican lawmakers, it appears they aren’t bashful about voicing their concerns.
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