House Speaker Nancy Pelosi published new COVID-19 masking rules on July 28 titled “Wearing of Masks Mandatory at All Times for USCP Personnel in Interior Spaces on Capitol Ground.”
The rules state, “Therefore, effective immediately, to promote the good health and well-being of our employees, all USCP personnel must wear a mask at all times when in interior spaces throughout the Capitol Grounds.”
“Although this applies to Members of Congress, officers should not arrest any Member for failure to wear a mask or to comply with the mask mandate. Any Member who fails to comply with a request to wear a mask should be reported to the House Sergeant at Arms office. Suppose a staffer, who is accompanying a Member, refuses to wear a mask. In that case, that refusal should be noted and reported to a supervisor who will, in turn, refer the matter to the House Sergeant at Arms,” the rules continue.
Although the rules apply to “all staff and visitors,” and say that “any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for unlawful entry,” it didn’t take long for Pelosi and some of her high-profile colleagues to ignore the mandate.
Pelosi was seen later in the week on Capitol grounds with a mask pulled down below her chin while in a crowd of people, all of whom appeared to be complying with the mandate.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was seen in a video posted to Twitter on July 29, reading a newspaper and relaxing in a Capitol dining room without a mask.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) posted the video with the comment, “Looks like mask mandates and threats of arrests don’t apply to senior Democrats. #hypocrisy”
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) July 29, 2021
Sean Davis posted a picture on Twitter on July 28 with the caption, “House attending physician Brian P. Monahan gave a briefing to GOP House members today on Pelosi’s new mask mandate. Per a source in the room during the briefing, here is Monahan not wearing a mask during his briefing on why Republicans must wear masks.”
Stephen Miller retweeted a tweet with a composite of pictures showing D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ignored her mask mandate issued on the heels of Pelosi’s new rules. Miller added the comment, “Gonna take a wild guess that this won’t make the Wash Post tomorrow.”