Although there has been some debate over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest facemask recommendation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is apparently ready to take action.
According to Newsmax, she is in agreement with the Capitol physician’s advice to make masks mandatory for those who work in the chamber.
The latest recommendations
Earlier this week, the CDC updated its guidance to include a recommendation that all Americans, including the fully vaccinated, who live in areas with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission should wear masks indoors.
Ahead of the upcoming school year, the agency also advised that all K-12 students should wear masks at school regardless of vaccination status. Capitol Physician Brian Monahan responded with his own recommendation that members of the House should be required to wear a mask.
In a recent memo, he advised: “For all House Office buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings, wearing of a well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask is required when an individual is in an interior space and other individuals are present. To be clear, for meetings in an enclosed U.S. House of Representatives controlled space, masks are REQUIRED.”
Exceptions are included in the rule for members who are alone or have been recognized to speak on the floor. Members who do not comply could incur a fine.
Among the critics of the CDC’s new rule — and Monahan’s recommendation — is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“Casting doubt on a safe and effective vaccine”
“Make no mistake — The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state,” the GOP leader tweeted.
McCarthy went on to reiterate that the available vaccines are effective and “vaccinated Americans should not have to wear masks.”
In his subsequent tweet on the topic, he wrote: “By forcing vaccinated Americans to return to masks, the Biden administration is not only casting doubt on a safe and effective vaccine but contradicting why vaccines exist.”
Pelosi deferred to Monahan’s “scientific opinion,” telling reporters on Wednesday that she had “nothing to say about that except we honor it.”
As for McCarthy’s criticism, she was bluntly concluded: “He’s such a moron.”