Republicans Rise Up Against Pelosi's Mask Mandate: 'We’ve Had Enough'
'Her rule is not based on science'
Republican House members have hit back against Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mask mandate, which was kept in place despite changes to CDC rules.
Pelosi has required members to wear masks on the floor; regardless of the fact that fully vaccinated people need not wear them indoors or outdoors as per CDC guidelines.
Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican, tweeted:
“We’ve had enough."
"We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us."
"Her rule is not based on science."
“All you need to know is the mask rule has only ever applied to members when they can be seen on TV!” Rep. Massie continued.
Members face $500 fines for a first offense and $2,500 for a second.
Florida Republican Brian Mast said Pelosi had started enforcing it.
“I have been fined $500 by @SpeakerPelosi for following CDC guidance," he wrote on Twitter.
"This was never about science. It has always been about power."
Rep. Mast also retweeted a video of his refusal to put on a mask during a floor debate.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia took a photo that showed Massie and Republican Reps. Mary Miller of Illinois and Ralph Norman of South Carolina unmasked and near enough to crowd into a selfie.
“#FreeYourFace. Masks are oppressive and nothing but a political tool. End the oppression!” she wrote.
Rep. Greene later appeared in a photo with seven other lawmakers outside the Capitol building, saying she was “proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates! #FreeYourFace.”
Last week, When Pelosi was asked if she would change the rule requiring masks on the floor, Pelosi said:
“Are they all vaccinated?" she replied.
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote in the letter:
“Speaker Pelosi, In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released on May 13, 2021, we urge you to immediately return to normal voting procedures and end mandatory mask requirements in the House of Representatives."
The CDC lifted its requirements for mask mandates for fully vaccinated Americans.