Nancy Pelosi tells House members they MUST socially distance after scores gathered in huddles on the floor and some failed to wear masks properly
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out an email to lawmakers asking them to stay socially distant on the House floor and wear their masks
- On Sunday, which marked the first day of the new Congress, some Republican lawmakers refused to put on their masks
- When a surprise vote was called, lawmakers huddled on the House floor, instead of practicing social distancing
- In her note to members, Pelosi said the vote was ‘not an invitation to gather on the Floor’
- Members of Congress were given early access to the coronavirus vaccine, but not everyone took it and members are on their first doses
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out an email to lawmakers asking them to stay socially distant on the House floor, after they failed to do so on day one of the new Congress.
On Sunday, Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, challenged the seating of delegations from swing states – to make a point to his GOP colleagues that if they had problems with the presidential results they should also be concerned down-ticket – which forced House members to cast a vote.
‘The unexpected intervention yesterday evening relating to not seating Members from states subject to an Electoral count challenge resulted in Members ignoring the Floor procedures that were established to keep Members safe,’ Pelosi wrote in her note. ‘The intervention was not an invitation to gather on the Floor.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a note to lawmakers Monday after they didn’t practice social distancing properly on Sunday, the first day of the new Congress
Pelosi asked lawmakers to wear masks at all times, respect social distancing and limit the number of people on the House floor
Lawmakers gathered on the House floor Sunday in Washington, prompting Pelosi to send out a note Monday telling them to keep socially distant
Some Republican lawmakers have refused to wear masks consistently like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) of Georgia
On Sunday lawmakers huddled together and some didn’t wear masks properly, with their noses hanging out
House members hug on the floor Sunday. Pelosi has since sent out a note telling them to practice social distancing
She told lawmakers that when Congressional staff asks them to leave the floor ‘it is not a suggestion.’
‘It is a direction, in the interest in keeping the Congress healthy and intact,’ she said.
She told House members that they must wear masks at all times, respect social distancing and be mindful about how many members are on the floor.
Members of Congress were eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine, however lawmakers have yet to receive their second shot – and some members refused to take the vaccine ahead of medical workers.
Masking has also been an issue on Capitol Hill with some Republican lawmakers refusing to wear masks consistently.
He said this led to a ‘shouting match’ between Democratic and Republican staff.
Greene was spotted wearing a black mask with white lettering that said ‘TRUMP WON’ for portions of her first day as a House member.
Greene later tweeted that Pelosi ‘changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel.’
‘No one can attack me about masks, when Pelosi is sending Democrats with positive COVID tests to vote for her for speaker,’ Greene tweeted.
Greene was referring to Rep. Gwen Moore’s participation in Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony and vote for speaker, which Pelosi won for the fourth time.
Moore announced on December 28 she tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, she told a reporter that she had already quarantined for two weeks and that a doctor said it was safe for her to attend the swearing-in.
Overall, 108 members of Congress have been quarantined, tested positive for COVID-19 or came into contact with a COVID-positive person, according to GovTrack.us.