speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats oppose short-term deal ahead of unemployment GOP lawmakers agree with Pelosi’s mask’s mandate for the House of Commons.The new demand for the House floor mask had its intended effect on Thursday: For once, there was a universal compliance effectively.
The new request came after Rep. Louie GohmertLawmakers Louis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP Match Pelosi Mask Mandate for House Floor GENERAL ENERGY: EPA Rule Extends Life of Toxic Coal Ash Ponds | Flint-class action lawsuit against Michigan officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats Introduce Environmental Justice Bill Hill Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US exceeds 150,000 coronavirus deaths by approximately one death per minute MU MUCH (R-Texas) tested positive for coronavirus the day before, shocking lawmakers and staff across the Capitol complex.
Gohmert was among a handful of Republicans in the House who had remained resistant to wearing masks, despite recommendations from public health experts that face masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of viral spots.
Many of those lawmakers who did not wear masks consistently represent states that are currently coronavirus hotspots, including Texas, Arizona and Florida.
But on Thursday, every Republican on the House floor had a mask. Floor workers also enforced their enforcement by telling members to pull on sliding masks under their noses.
However, a GOP lawmaker did not fully enforce the rules.
At one point, Rep. Glenn GrothmanGlenn S. GrothmanGOP-Trump mask breaks open Top conservative pen letters to Trump with concerns about fourth coronavirus relief bill Interest rate caps are popular – for good reason (R-Wis.) He was making a phone call – which no one is supposed to make while sitting in the room – with his mask under his chin.
A young female staff quickly approached Grothman, who initially ignored him. But once an older male staff intervened, Grothman got up and left. He later returned to the House room with his mask on.
Pelosi warned as he announced the new policy from the House floor on Wednesday night that any masked lawmakers or employees would be barred from entering the room and risk leaving the gun sergeant if they did not act.
Some Democrats had called for looking for masks on the House floor weeks ago, long before Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19. But they said it’s better late than never.
“One would have hoped that this would have been done as a matter of ordinary conduct, but obviously we needed a rule,” said Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinGOP lawmakers agree with Pelosi’s mask mandate for the Fifth Chamber, as panel planes the chief tech directors, Lawmakers clash in antitrust technology session: ‘Put on your mask!’ MORE (D-Md.). “I am very happy that the President did what she did. I am sorry she had to do it.”
“Situations is a scandalous situation when it comes to members getting sick and potentially exposing everyone,” Raskin added. “Everyone is nervous”
Most recently on Tuesday, Gohmert attended numerous committee sessions on Capitol Hill, in mask-free cases. He has sometimes worn a face mask in recent weeks, but also on some occasions mingling with fellow Republicans on the House floor without one.
The request for the mask, which officially took effect on Thursday morning, applies to both the floor of the house and the surrounding buildings. A memorandum to lawmakers and staff from Arms Sergeant Paul Irving and Capitol physician Brian Monahan said anyone without a mask “will be required to wear a face or leave the building.”
However, lawmakers should not wear masks while they are known to speak in the chamber or in committees.
Pelosi previously began asking for masks at committee meetings in June. This directive came after another GOP lawmaker noticed about the Capitol without a mask – Rep. Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RicePelosi seeks masks on house floor Many lawmakers quarantine themselves after exposure to Gohmert Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 MM MORE (SC) – positive coronavirus tested.
Democratic House committee chairmen have not stopped forcing any masked members to leave hearings. But some mayors have created policies to refuse to give speaking time to any member who does not have a mask. However, a majority in the Whip chamber James Clyburn (DS.C.), who chairs the selection committee for the coronavirus crisis, threatened last month to stop holding hearings inside persons if GOP members continue not to wear masks.
GOP House executives made a point of approving the use of masks and reviewed security precautions during a conference meeting with their members on Thursday. The mask was required for the meeting itself.
“I think everyone should wear masks,” the House Minority Director said Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP lawmakers match Pelosi mask mandate for House of Commons The Memo: Trump’s real target is election legitimacy Hill Campaign Report: Trump faces attack as suggests elections could be delayed MM VERY (R-Khalif.) Told reporters.
During the conference meeting, McCarthy also addressed complaints from staff that numerous GOP lawmakers, including Gohmert, have forced their staff to work in person during the pandemic and reportedly discouraged the use of masks in their offices.
According to a source in the room, McCarthy advised his members to check with their staff because they should not assume they are working easily in the office.
Reps. Rodney DavisLawmakers Rodney Lee DavisGOP Match Pelosi Mask Mandate to Hillicon Valley House Floor: Trump Raises Election Delay Idea, Faces Rapid Bipartisan Attack | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, earnings reports released by Google Senators urge Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Hill Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after suggestion that election could be delayed MM VERY (Ill.), The senior Republican on the House Administration Committee, also gave a presentation at the meeting about the health and safety precautions that congressional offices should follow.
Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19 during a performance at the White House Wednesday morning ahead of a planned trip to Texas with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cancels advertising campaign to review messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to answer whether it has received information from Ukrainian lawmaker intended to harm Biden Poll: ‘Gen Z’ voter pluralism says they see more political ads by Trump than Biden MM VERY.
If Gohmert had not been tested at the White House, it is likely he would have spent another day on Capitol Hill carrying the virus without showing symptoms and coming into contact with others.
Pelosi and the Leader of the Senate majority Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Lawmakers Mitchell McConnellGOP Fit Pelosi Mask Mandate to Hillicon Valley House: Trump Raises Election Delay Idea, Faces Rapid Bipartisan Reaction | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, earnings reports released by Google Senators urge Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Trump tests GOP loyalty with election tweet, stimulus strategy MM MORE (R-Ky.) Turned down an offer from the White House in May for a similar testing system for Congress because they wanted to direct resources toward front-line employees. But McCarthy, Davis and others argue that the decision should be reconsidered.
“There is no other country that has this responsibility in this size that is managed in this way. I do not understand, “McCarthy said.
Gohmert’s diagnosis quickly sparked a backlash from other lawmakers, staff and journalists who rushed to self-quarantine and be tested.
The number of lawmakers who announced they were self-quarantined after the exposure to Gohmert this week continued to rise on Thursday. At this point, at least four of Gohmert colleagues are being isolated: Reps. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Lawmakers Kay GrangerGOP Match Pelosi Mask Mandate for Hill Hill Morning Report House – Filed by Facebook – Gohmert Positive Tests; security fears escalate on Republican self-quarantine Luantiza Hill Capitol after exposure to Gohmert MM (R-Texas), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Lawmakers Michael JohnsonGOP Match Pelosi Mask Mandate for Home Room Hill Hill Coronavirus Report: Hill iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is a priority; US exceeds 150,000 coronavirus deaths at approximately one death per minute Hill morning report – Submitted by Facebook – Gohmert tests positive; security fears escalate on Hill more (R-La.) And Jody didJody Brownlow HiceGOP lawmakers agree with Pelosi’s mask’s mandate for Cain House’s posthumous tribute to COVID-19 The GOP introduces resolution banning Democratic Party MM SHUM (R-Ga.).
Granger sat next to Gohmert while on a flight from their state on Sunday, while Johnson had dinner with Gohmert on Monday. Grijalva, meanwhile, chaired a session of the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday where Gohmert attended the Park police treatment of protesters at Lafayette Square last month.
Moreover, Gohmert briefly came into contact with the Attorney General William BarrBill BarrGOP lawmakers match Pelosi mask’s mandate for House of Commons FBI officials hide copies of Russian probe documents for fear of Trump interference: Court of Appeals book to retry case on Flynn MM charges SHUM on Tuesday outside the room where Barr testified before the Chamber Judicial Committee. The two were seen in a masked congressional corridor.
A Justice Department spokesman confirmed in Hill on Wednesday that Barr would be tested for coronavirus on the same day. Testing a topic one day after exposure to COVID-19 increases the chance of a false negative.
Rep Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the House Freedom Conservative Council, was among the first lawmakers on the floor in recent weeks without a mask. But on Thursday, Biggs wore a mask adorned with his state flag, holding the stance that he wore it and continued.
“I do not think any of us have ever denied that it is true,” Biggs told the coronavirus.
Contributed by Juliegrace Brufke.