“I’ve been doing vaccine clinics and administering vaccines in my 24 counties in my district and I saw the vaccination numbers going down, and I felt that clear guidance from the Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades [Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades] that if you were vaccinated you could go without your mask would help more people be incentivized to get vaccinated,” Miller-Meeks, who is a physician, adicional.
She pointed out that last month she spoke on the House floor, advocating to lift the mask mandate “so that we could be the leaders we are elected to be, and we could be a show of normalcy and what would happen if you got vaccinated as a motivation for people to get vaccinated.”
“I had already done several speeches on the floor about this issue,” ella continuó. “And then when the CDC released the mask mandate for indoors, that’s when I did another speech on the floor and said I’m not going to remove my mask,” she stressed.
GOP Representatives Brian Mast of Florida, Beth Van Duyne of Texas and Ralph Norman of South Carolina were also issued a $ 500 fine apiece. Future violations could reach $ 2,500.
Seven other fellow Republican members of Congress were issued warnings: Repeticiones. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Chip Roy of Texas, Bob Good of Virginia, Mary Miller of Illinois and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., authored a resolution the House complies with CDC guidelines and allows members to be unmasked on the floor and in committee hearings. The GOP-backed effort says the House “mask mandate sends the erroneous messages that the efficacy of the vaccines cannot be trusted.”
Pelosi and Capitol Attending Physician Dr. Brian Monahan have stood by the House floor mask mandate as being entirely consistent with CDC guidelines and “endorsed by an expert CDC panel,” Monahan wrote in a statement Wednesday. The House chamber mask requirement will remain unchanged “until all Members and floor staff are fully vaccinated,” él dijo.
Pelosi said previously that she estimates about 75% of House members are fully vaccinated, and that there could be lessening of the restrictions if more GOP reps got the shots.
“If Minority Leader McCarthy wants to be maskless on the Floor of the House of Representatives, he should get to work vaccinating his Members,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said Wednesday.
Miller-Meeks, Mast and Van Duyne said they are fully vaccinated and were just following the updated CDC guidelines that no longer advise mask-wearing for those who have completed the coronavirus shots. The CDC made exceptions for requirements by federal and state laws and guidelines set out by employers and businesses.
El CDC issued new guidance last week saying that masks are not necessary for fully vaccinated people in most circumstances. While the White House followed by lifting its mask requirement, the House did not. Pelosi has relaxed mask guidance so that members could remove their face covering when they were recognized to speak on the floor.
mientras tanto, there is no mask rule in the Senate chamber, which Miller-Meeks noted on “Sala de prensa de Estados Unidos” el jueves.
Hablando en “zorro & Amigos” el jueves, Norman, R-S.C., said he will continue to not wear a mask on the House floor even though he was fined.
“We are tired of it,” él dijo. “So much for bipartisan.”
Like Miller-Meeks, Norman encouraged Pelosi to follow the science, arguing that she is now ignoring “the science just to punish us — and I doubt any Democrat would be fined.”
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz, Chad Pergram, Kelly Phares and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.