The House of Representatives is lifting the requirement to wear face masks on the House floor in time for President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, ending a requirement to allow some Republicans to show defiance. their own, but at a personal cost.
Congressional attending physician, Brian P. Monahan, made the news Sunday, saying that coronavirus cases have fallen so much in Washington, DC, that wearing a mask should become optional, not mandatory. tie.
Dr Monahan said: “People who have symptoms, test positive, or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 should wear a properly fitted, high-quality filter respirator.
It’s another mask mandate being lifted, as others are being removed in states and cities around the country.
For months now, duty compliance in the Capitol complex has been one-sided and partisan. But on the House floor, the armed House sergeant diligently carried out his masked duty and reported acts of ridicule to the House Ethics Committee. It has been fine after fine, especially for Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew S. Clyde, both Georgia Republicans who have claimed combined more than $100,000 in fines in when declaring an arbitrary mandate.
The compliance of the Senate side of the Capitol was much lax, with no real consequences for flouting the mandate.
The date for the Union President’s speech is later in the year compared to tradition – it will be the first to be delivered in March. And, unlike last year’s event, it will be open to all members of Congress, who will be required to take a negative coronavirus test before entering the chamber for the president’s annual message. .
Last year, the president spoke to a socially distant audience of less than 200 officials, a fraction of the throngs of lawmakers typically present at the speech. Those allowed to attend were instructed to wear masks and they sat with some empty seats separating them from other spectators.
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