Masks have long ago become tokens of identity politics and virtue signaling. With the CDC dispensing with mask mandates, House Speaker Pelosi is still bitterly clinging to them.
The House on Wednesday rejected a Republican effort to roll back the requirement that everyone in the chamber wear masks in light of new health guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suggests people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t have to wear face coverings in most settings.
Lawmakers voted 218-210 along party lines to table a resolution offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that would direct the Capitol’s attending physician to update the House chamber mask requirement that is currently punishable by fine.
A spokesperson for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Drew Hammill, blasted Wednesday’s resolution as having “zero basis in science or reality.”
Why does Pelosi insist on defying ‘The Science’?
“The Hall of the House has received this special medical consideration for continued mask wear, which is the same for committee meeting spaces, that may change in the future based upon [the] degree of entire group vaccination attained and prevailing coronavirus community risk,” the memo from the Capitol physician’s office states. “Extra precautions are necessary given the substantial number of partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, and vaccine-indeterminate individuals.”
That’s some special medical consideration.
Pelosi herself estimated that 75% of House members are vaccinated. That’s much higher than the national average to which the CDC guidelines apply. If the country can drop masks at 55%, what’s the basis for Pelosi demanding 100%?
“One of the most substantial steps that can be taken is that everybody should be vaccinated,” Pelosi told reporters in March, later adding, “We need 100% of the members vaccinated, because it just takes one to endanger others.”
You’re never going to get 100% and demanding it is trolling.
Beyond the vaccines, much of the House and Senate have at some point tested positive anyway. If D.C. politics doesn’t have herd immunity, no place in America does.
Members of Congress have hit a milestone this year with no reported cases of the coronavirus among their ranks for at least three months straight.
The pause comes as a majority of more than 500 lawmakers were fully vaccinated by January 2021 after the coronavirus exacted a large toll on the Capitol over the course of the pandemic.
This ain’t about the science.