Gohmert reprimanded for violating US House mask mandate | Texas
U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert R-Tyler is among three GOP lawmakers representing Texas in the U.S. House who have been fined or given a warning this week for not wearing a mask on the floor from the room.
Gohmert and Chip Roy, R-Austin, received the first warnings. U.S. Representative Beth Van Duyne of Irving was fined $ 500 for violating the House’s mask mandate a second time, said a Capitol Hill official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly at the Texas Tribune. A handful of other Republicans, including U.S. officials Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado were also reprimanded.
Under the direction of the Capitol attending physician, House members are required to wear a mask until all members and staff on the floor have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Only 44.8% of Republicans in the House confirmed to CNN that they had been vaccinated against 100% of Democrats in the House and Senate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most public places. Gohmert and Roy did not answer questions about whether they had been vaccinated. Van Duyne confirmed in a statement that she had been vaccinated.
It is not known exactly how many House Republicans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, but at least one House Republican has said he does not plan to be vaccinated – US Representative Tom Massie from Kentucky.
A formal warning is given for violating the mask’s warrant for the first time, a fine of $ 500 for the second violation, then $ 2,500 for each violation thereafter.
Shortly after the CDC’s announcement, a group of more than 30 House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling for an end to the chamber mask requirement and a return. to normal voting procedures. Gohmert, Van Duyne and U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson, a Republican representing Amarillo who served as President Donald Trump’s White House doctor, signed the letter.
“The United States Congress must serve as a role model to show the country that we can return to normal life through immunization. Let’s follow the science and get back to work, ”the letter said.
According to the Capitol official, the House mask’s mandate “conforms to CDC guidelines as House members are not fully vaccinated.”
In a statement to the Tribune, Van Duyne called the mask “political theater”.
“I believe perpetuating fear is irresponsible and does Americans a disservice. The administration advised wearing a mask inside is not necessary for those of us who are fully vaccinated, ”Van Duyne said. “Nancy Pelosi continues to insist on controlling and fining members of Congress who just want to do their job instead of being a puppet in her alarmist political theater.”
Gohmert and Roy’s offices did not respond to a request for comment.