Gibbs to Pelosi: Follow the Science, Stop the Mask-erpiece Theatre
WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday evening, Congressman Bob Gibbs led a letter to Speaker Pelosi saying it is time to return the House to normal operations. Gibbs spearheaded an effort, joined by dozens of colleagues urging Speaker Pelosi to end the coronavirus-related restrictions on House operations. Referencing the Centers for Disease Control’s announcement earlier today about vaccinated persons no longer needing masks in most circumstances, Gibbs and his colleagues said it is time to set an example for the American people. Pelosi was urged to end the mask mandate for the House floor and staggered voting.
After sending the letter, Congressman Gibbs released the following statement:
“For all the talk from President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and the mainstream media telling us to follow the science, political leaders should be setting an example for getting back to normal, not cowering in fear in defiance of common sense. Based on sound science, the CDC says those who are vaccinated have an incredibly low risk of becoming infected with coronavirus. With that data, there is no reason the House of Representatives should not be fully open and returned to normal operations. It’s time to end the House’s mask mandate and staggered voting. The House of Representatives is filled with enough political drama. The last thing we should be doing is contributing to vaccine hesitancy with the same Mask-erpiece Theater Congress engaged in during Biden’s address to the joint session. I and my colleagues are calling on Speaker Pelosi to reverse these restrictions and allow the People’s House to resume regular operations.”
A copy of the letter can be found here. The text can be found below:
May 14, 2021
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
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.
CDC guidance states fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting except where required by governmental or workplace mandate. It is time to update our own workplace regulations. Every member of Congress has had the opportunity to be vaccinated, and you have indicated about 75 percent have taken advantage of this opportunity.
The United States Congress must serve as a model to show the country we can resume normal life through vaccination. Let’s follow the science and get back to work.
Member of Congress
Beth Van Duyne
James R. Baird