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April 13, 2023
After the Capitol physician ordered the lower chamber, but not the upper chamber, to reinstate a mask mandate, 40 House GOP lawmakers staged a demonstration against the policy.
In opposition to the mandate, lawmakers, including Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Chip Roy, and Madison Cawthorn, made a statement by crossing the Capitol and entering the Senate floor maskless. Representative Ronny Jackson said Senators “have the freedom to speak without their mask on and be in there and it’s not near as restrictive as it is on the House side. It makes no sense.”
The Republican lawmakers made their stand in spite of an earlier announcement by Capitol Police, claiming anyone maskless on the House side would be arrested. As of Thursday, none of the protestors faced consequences. “At least in the Senate, they’re recognizing individual responsibility and following science, not just using this as a political tool,” Barry Loudermilk told The Hill.
“So, what are we doing? Following the science or Pelosi’s political moves? It’s Pelosi’s political moves.” Scrutiny regarding mask mandates has increased since the CDC reversed a less than three-week-old policy, now suggesting vaccinated Americans continue to wear a mask.
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