Texas Congressman Chip Roy was outraged by the House of Representatives’ new mask mandate, accusing the body of “doing nothing for the American people” in comments on the House floor Wednesday.
“This institution is a sham, and we should be suspending and closing this place,” the Republican legislator said as maskless Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene stood to applaud.
Roy and Greene were reportedly joined by more than a dozen members of the House in defying the mask mandate, including Republican lawmakers Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs and Matt Gaetz.
“It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing, the home of the people,” Roy yelled at his fellow legislators. “While we have thousands of people over our border, and Democrats are doing nothing about it, heavily infected with COVID.”
The outraged lawmaker accused House Democrats of putting masks on “cartels that rape, loot and kill” as the US grapples with dueling crises of the Delta variant and record numbers of migrants illegally flooding the border under the watchful eye of the Biden government.
“We’ve got people infected with COVID crossing our southern border into Texas, and you’re all putting on masks — masks in front of the people’s house here?” Roy wondered.
“What is it: vaccines or masks?”
The new House mandate is in line with the new CDC guidelines for vaccinated Americans.
Rep. Chip Roy raged against the House’s new mask rule in accordance with CDC house floor guidelines on Wednesday, while a maskless Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was behind him
Roy said House lawmakers should focus more on the crisis on the southern border, where he claimed people “heavily infected with COVID” entered the US
Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert was among lawmakers who did not wear a mask on the house floor on Wednesday
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged fully vaccinated individuals to “wear a mask in indoor public settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”
It said 63.4 percent of counties now had levels high enough to warrant indoor masking.
Washington DC is rated as one of those areas where the rate is 52 cases per 100,000. The CDC said Americans should start wearing masks in areas where there have been more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy claimed the new CDC guidelines are not “based on science” but from “liberal government officials.”
“Make no mistake – the threat to return masks is not a decision based on science, but a decision made by liberal government officials who want to continue living in a perpetual pandemic state,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called McCarthy an “idiot” in response Wednesday morning.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Representative Kevin McCarthy an “idiot” to reporters after saying the CDC’s updated guidelines came from “liberal government officials”
As she got into her SUV, she was asked about the House minority leader’s comments, and muttered, “He’s such an idiot.”
When journalists asked him about Pelosi’s shot, McCarthy replied, “If she’s that brilliant, can she explain to me where the science in the building changes between the House and the Senate.”
His comment refers to the GOP-led Senate not changing its mask guidelines.
Other Republicans are also lining up to criticize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after U.S. health officials went back to their previous guidelines and urged vaccinated Americans to mask indoors if they live in areas with high levels of of COVID transmission.
“Today’s decision was unfortunately driven by politics, not science,” Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement to DailyMail.com. “Let me be clear: there should be no more COVID mandates, no more mask mandates, no vaccine mandates, no vaccine passports, no lockdowns and no school closures. Enough is enough.’
Republican lawmakers, including Senators Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn, lined up to bash the CDC’s reversal on face coverings
The Texan Republican chided the CDC as having “lost credibility” and said it had been “a long time since we trusted the American people again, not the unelected federal bureaucrats.”
A Pennsylvania legislator had a more colorful response to health experts.
When asked for comment, Representative Guy Reschenthaler’s office referred Dailymail.com to the House member’s Twitter, where he posted a gif of the Austin Powers movie while retweeting news of the CDC update.
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn pointed out that “mask mandates undermine vaccine confidence.”
But many Republicans have already expressed a lack of confidence in the vaccine — about 40 percent of Republicans are unsure about the vaccine or don’t want to be vaccinated, polls published by Morning Consult show, compared with 16 percent of Democrats who expressed concern.
A Republican legislator posted a gif from the Austin Powers movie in response to the CDC’s reversal
Republican Senator and former Florida governor Rick Scott also attacked the new leadership of the CDC. His successor, Governor Ron DeSantis, did the same
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is one of a handful of GOP governors who publicly oppose CDC guidelines
Florida Senator Rick Scott said there was “nothing to justify” the new guidance.
‘New. We cannot cripple our economy again, destroy jobs again, destroy another year of education and destroy small businesses again,” he tweeted.
Multiple Republican governors have also rejected the CDC’s new guidelines, including Nebraska, Texas, Florida and South Dakota.
South Dakota’s Kristi Noem accused the CDC of “inconsistency” on Twitter.
“The number of cases in South Dakota remains low. If you are concerned about the virus, you are free to get vaccinated, wear a mask or stay at home. But we’re not going to force anything. And the CDC’s inconsistency is not helping the American people,” Noem wrote Tuesday evening.