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House Republicans push back recently released guidelines calling on members to wear masks in certain areas of the Capitol and President Nancy Pelosi’s decision to extend proxy voting until early July – arguing, most members being vaccinated, that Congress should return to normal order. .

Capitol Hill attending physician Brian Monahan released updated guidance on Monday, clarifying that vaccinated members are still required to wear their masks in committee meeting spaces and on the House floor, although they be allowed to go without a mask in the corridors of the Capitol campus.

Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), Physician by training before being elected, comments submitted on file at a House of Commons Committee foreign affairs subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, pushing back the requirement, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors.

Representative Mark Green
Rep. Mark Green wonders why members are required to wear masks in certain areas of the Capitol.
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“It’s safe to assume that Dr Moynihan’s first response to the CDC’s guidelines was his medical decision-making based on several studies supporting the CDC’s decision,” Green told the Post, noting that the Capitol Hill attending physician initially agreed that masks were not necessary for vaccinated individuals, before changing his look a few days later.

“Why then did he change his mind?” Did any new data come out in the four days that led him to change his recommendations? I certainly haven’t seen this. The CDC and the studies are clear. The science is clear. People who have been vaccinated do not need a mask. “

Leading GOP lawmakers in the House plan to force a vote on the floor as early as Wednesday to push back the demands, with several members saying they feel the need to demonstrate that Americans need to “trust science” when it comes to vaccines.

Republicans were also very critical of Pelosi’s decision to expand remote voting, noting that about three-quarters of House lawmakers had received the vaccine. GOP members have pushed back proxy voting since its implementation last spring, with critics arguing that lawmakers should be treated like essential workers.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), The rank member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, led the effort on a letter to Pelosi urging him to revert to pre-COVID proceedings.

“We are writing to you today to ask you to cease all proxy voting measures and all remote committee deliberations in the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 117th Congress.” lawmakers wrote.

A letter was signed by 20 Republican members of the House, pushing back the guidelines.
A letter was signed by 20 Republican members of the House, pushing back the guidelines.
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“It’s time we followed the science, lead by example, and get back to work fully to serve the American people. More than 272 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and at least 75 percent of members of Congress have been fully immunized, with all members and staff of Congress having access to the vaccine. ”

The group cited Thursday’s advice from Monahan as saying members could resume pre-pandemic activities while making their case against extending proxy voting.

“On May 15, 2020, the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing proxy voting and committee deliberations remotely. All members of the Republican Party and even three Democrats voted against this measure; however, since its adoption and retention in the rules of procedure of the 117th Congress, members have voted by proxy countless times and no face-to-face public committee meeting has taken place, ”they continued.

“The flawed proxy voting system and lengthy voting deadlines have caused exorbitant delays in the House. In addition, cumbersome virtual committee hearings steeped in technical difficulties have failed to deliver timely debate and quality legislation on behalf of the American people. While we recognize that the COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented circumstances, there is simply no scientific or public health need to continue to fuel these restrictive practices.

Representative Bruce Westerman
Rep. Bruce Westerman Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), The rank member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking her to return the guidelines to the pre-COVID procedure.
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The letter was signed by Representatives GT Thompson (R-Pa.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Virginia Foxx (RN.C.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas ), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-Wash.), Kevin Brady (R-Texas), John Katko (RN.Y.), Rodney Davis (R – Ill.), James Comer (R-Ky.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Mike Bost (R-Ill.), William Timmons (RS.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Garret Graves (R-La.) And Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Who are all rank members on the committees.


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