Capitol Physician Finally Lifts Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Members After Republican Outrage — And 85% Of Lawmakers Have Now Had Shots
- Lawmakers can go maskless again on the floor of the House of Representatives if they are vaccinated
- The office of treating physician, Brian Monahan, issued new guidelines on Friday vrijdag
- It will likely end a months-long battle between Democrats and Republicans over mask-wearing
- House minority leader Kevin McCarthy tried to get rid of masks on the floor last month, but the resolution was tabled by Democrats
- At the time, about 75 percent of House members were vaccinated
- That number represented 100 percent of Democrats and about 44 percent of Republicans
Lawmakers can once again go maskless on the floor of the House of Representatives and end a months-long battle between Democrats and Republicans.
The office of treating physician Brian Monahan issued new guidelines Friday, CNN reported:, which said ‘fully vaccinated individuals may stop wearing masks and social distancing separations of 6 feet’.
Last month, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy sponsored a resolution to end mask-wearing in the House of Representatives after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their guidelines for vaccinated Americans.
In May, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (center) tweeted a photo of the GOP lawmakers’ home floor without facemasks; from left Representatives Mary Miller, Ralph Norman and Thomas Massie. Massie organized the naked face protest
However, the Democrats filed it, pointing out that only 75 percent of lawmakers had been vaccinated at the time.
While 100 percent of Democrats CNN polled had been vaccinated, less than half, 44 percent, of Republican lawmakers had been given the chance, and 112 of 212 GOP offices declined to say.
The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waited for both lawmakers and staff to get closer to 100 percent.
“If minority leader McCarthy wants to be maskless on the floor of the House of Representatives, he has to get down to vaccinating his members,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said at the time.
On Friday, Forbes reported: that 85 percent of the Capitol complex is now vaccinated.
Before McCarthy insisted on changing the rules, some House Republicans flaunted it, showing bare faces and taking selfies on the floor of the house.
Three of them were fined $500.
“Best $500 I Ever Spent,” Republican Representative Brian Mast told NBC News.
He refused to put on his mask even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms office approached him on the room floor, in full view of the C-SPAN camera, and asked him to wear one.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and three other GOP lawmakers took a selfie of themselves standing bare-faced in the house pit, using the hashtag #freeyourface.
“Proud to join these patriots in a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!” Greene tweeted.
In April, Greene also tweeted a video of himself, maskless, lifting weights and saying, ‘This is my Covid protection.’
Physical activity does not prevent the spread of COVID-19.
‘Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace,” Republican Representative Mary Miller, who was in the selfie, wrote on Twitter.
“5 Republican women and 5 Republican men are now maskless on the floor,” tweeted GOP Rep. Tom Massie.
He was also in Greene’s selfie and organized the protest.
‘We’ve had enough. We refuse to wear our masks on the floor during this vote, despite Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from all of us. Her rule is not based on science,” Massie also tweeted.
After their crusade against masks, Republican lawmakers gathered outside on the steps of the Capitol to celebrate their rebellion.
None of them would tell NBC News if they had been vaccinated.