House GOP push back on extended COVID regulations at Capitol

House Republicans are pushing back on recently-issued steerage calling on members to put on masks in sure areas on the Capitol and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s choice to increase proxy voting by way of early July — arguing, with most members being vaccinated, that Congress ought to return to common order. 

Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan launched up to date steerage on Monday, clarifying that vaccinated members are nonetheless required to put on their masks in committee gathering areas and on the House flooring, regardless of being allowed to go sans-mask within the hallways of the Capitol’s campus. 

Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), a health care provider by commerce previous to being elected, submitted comments into the file throughout a House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee listening to on Tuesday pushing back on the requirement, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that vaccinated people don’t have to put on masks indoors.

Rep. Mark Green
Rep. Mark Green is questioning why members have to put on masks in some areas on the Capitol.
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“It’s safe to assume that Dr Moynihan’s first response to the CDC guidelines was his medical decision making based on the several studies supporting the CDC’s decision,” Green instructed The Post, mentioning that the Capitol Attending Physician had initially agreed that masks had been pointless for vaccinated people, earlier than altering his tune days later.

“Why then did he change his mind? Did new data come out in the four days that caused him to change his recommendations? I certainly haven’t seen that. The CDC and the studies are clear. The science is clear. Vaccinated people do not need a mask.”

Top GOP lawmakers within the House are weighing forcing a vote on the ground as quickly as Wednesday pushing back towards the necessities, with a number of members stating they really feel like they should display that Americans have to “trust the science” with regards to vaccines. 

Republicans have additionally been extremely vital of Pelosi’s transfer to increase distant voting, noting roughly three-fourths of House lawmakers have acquired the vaccine. GOP members have pushed back on proxy voting since its implementation final spring, with critics arguing that lawmakers needs to be handled as important employees. 

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), the rating member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, led the efforts on a letter to Pelosi calling on her to return to pre-COVID process. 

“We write today to request that you cease all proxy voting measures and all remote committee proceedings in the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 117th Congress.” the lawmakers wrote. 

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

The group cited Monahan’ steerage from Thursday stating that members might resume pre-pandemic actions whereas laying out their case towards the extension of proxy voting. 

“On May 15, 2020, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to allow proxy voting and remote committee proceedings. All members of the Republican party and even three Democrats voted against this measure; however, since its passage and continuation in the House Rules for the 117th Congress, members have voted by proxy countless times and no fully in-person public committee meetings have occurred,” they continued. 

“The flawed system of proxy voting and extended vote times has led to exorbitant delays on the House floor. In addition, burdensome virtual committee hearings permeated with technical difficulties have failed to deliver timely debate and quality legislation on behalf of the American people. While we appreciate that the COVID-19 crisis yielded unprecedented circumstances, there is simply no scientific or public health need to continue entertaining these restrictive practices.”

Rep. Bruce Westerman
Rep. Bruce Westerman Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), the rating member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking her to return tips to pre-COVID process.
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The letter was signed by Reps. GT Thompson (R-Pa.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.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 (R-N.Y.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), James Comer (R-Ky.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Mike Bost (R-Ill.), William Timmons (R-S.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Garret Graves (R-La.) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), all of whom function rating members on committees. 

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