Pelosi’s mask mandate finally relaxed after Congress’ physician decides to ‘follow the science’

Thanks in part to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidance last month to say that vaccinated Americans could finally ditch the masks, House members were forced to continue wearing them.

According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi’s continued mask mandate was nixed this week after Congress’ Attending Physician Brian P. Monahan revealed that it’s no longer necessary for vaccinated House members to don them, finally catching up to the Senate and the White House, who actually followed “the science” after the CDC’s updated guidance in May.

Republicans fought back

Pelosi insisted that even though the CDC clearly updated its mask guidance, House members were to continue to wear the masks, citing various reasons including her fear over the unknown number of GOP lawmakers who still hadn’t been vaccinated.

That didn’t stop a number of Republicans from taking off their masks while conducting business on the House floor, even at the risk of incurring a series of fines, which ranged from $500 for a first offense to $2,500 for a second offense.

One of those mask-defiant lawmakers was Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), who was especially celebratory on Twitter upon hearing that Pelosi’s mask mandate had finally been deleted.

The updated House guidance warned unvaccinated lawmakers that the “failure to wear a mask in the Hall of the House when required, unless under recognition, may be subject to fines imposed for violation.”

“It’s about control”

Shortly after the CDC updated its mask guidelines in May, Pelosi drew immediate fire from a long list of Republican lawmakers, including from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was frank in his assessment of why Pelosi chose to ignore the CDC, even though the Senate and the White House ditched the masks right away.

“It’s all about control,” the Louisiana Republican said at the time, according to The Washington Post. “She wants to control the House.”

A group of 34 Republican lawmakers penned a joint letter at the time in which they told Pelosi, “We urge you to immediately return to normal voting procedures and end mandatory mask requirements in the House of Representatives.” The legislators cited the CDC’s updated guidance and prevailing science that proved it was safe to do so.

Pelosi’s response to the Republican pushback was clear, especially after being questioned by a CNN reporter if she planned on relaxing the mask requirements. “No. Are they all vaccinated?” the Speaker said.

Hopefully, now that our elected officials no longer have to worry about whether they’ll be fined for not wearing a mask under Pelosi’s watch, they can get back to work for the American people.

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