Masks required in the House but not the Senate – wait, what?

July 30 – It was decided yesterday that masks would once again be required in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, even though the Senate – just a few hundred yards away – doesn’t require them.

Nancy Pelosi reminded members that under House Resolution 38, the Sergeant at Arms is authorized and directed to impose a fine against any member acting in violation of the policy.

Tucker Carlson of Fox News Wednesday night said, “Ohhhh, Nancy Pelosi is going to fine you if you don’t pretend that it’s science when it’s clearly just a form of social control. Most Republicans went along with this. Not all of them did, though. Chip Roy, a member of Congress from Texas just delivered remarks against it. Here’s part of what Chip Roy said:

‘We have a crisis at our border and we’re playing footsie with mask mandates in the People’s House. It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing, the People’s House. It’s an embarrassment. It’s a mockery. And the American people are fed up. They want to go back to life. They want to go back to business. They want to go back to school without their children being forced to wear masks. To be put in the corner to have mental health issues. And the speaker comes down here at 10 o’clock in the morning saying we’ve got to wear masks? In the People’s House? When we’ve got thousands of people pouring across our border and Democrats don’t do a darn thing about it. We are absolutely sick and tired of it and so are the American people. This sham of an institution is doing nothing for the American people. Nothing for the betterment of the people that send their representatives here.’

Carlson asked, “Why didn’t they all say that? Hard to know, but Chip Roy did.”

Roy joined Carlson on the show, where the Congressman added, “I wish more of my colleagues were down there and as fed up and demonstrating how fed up the American people as I am. You said it in your monologue. Over the last year, what have we seen? First it was two weeks to flatten the curve. CDC was saying you don’t need to wear masks. Then suddenly it was you’ve got to wear masks. Then it was our schools need to be shut down. Our businesses need to be shut down. Then they were against the vaccine. Then they were for the vaccine. Now they think the vaccine is something you must take. Now they’re backing off and saying well wait now we’ve got to get masks again. Here in Washington DC, Republicans met and forced a conversation with the Capitol physician here on Capitol Hill. You know what we learned today? The Capitol physician based his decision to re-require members of Congress to put masks on again based on a study that failed peer review. Is unpublished. Based on a vaccine in India that is not approved here in the United States. And on that basis he decided yesterday to say oh okay, we’re going to restore a mask mandate on the House of Representatives floor.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen discussed the mask issue Thursday morning during the Big Talk on First News.

Ryan sighed, “You can’t make this up anymore.”

Barkdoll added, “What’s so crazy about this too is the House has its own physician and what the Congressman said there is correct. The physician made this recommendation that has then been endorsed by the speaker and is now the new rule that when on the House floor you have to wear a mask. The Senate, who also has its own physician, they are not implementing the same rule. Congress is all in the Capitol building in DC. So on the one side of the building, you have to wear a mask. On the other side of the building, you don’t have to wear a mask, even though it’s all in the same building. I think it just illustrates how inconsistent this whole issue is and what’s so maddening to the public. I think his comments there are kind of a microcosm of what people are experiencing day to day. You saw the new CDC guidance this week. Now they’re saying even if you’re vaccinated maybe you should be wearing a mask indoors. Then there’s other studies saying you shouldn’t wear a mask. The problem is there’s no common set of facts. The reality is anyone can cite a study that supports their position. Masks can protect you. Masks do nothing. There’s no common set of facts. And I think what you’re seeing is this day to day mosaic, patchwork of regulations and the public simply is not going to follow it.”

Jansen pointed out, “Huge in there is the streaming across our southern border of infected people breaking the law to come across, allowed to come into the country, huge percentage infected with COVID and they’re just sent out into the country. The story about people in a restaurant coughing and sneezing and someone asked questions about it, had the police involved and they found out Catholic Charities put them up in a hotel there and these people are known, infected COVID patients. The town wasn’t warned about, maybe the charity wasn’t even really warned about. And they’re there spreading. And here we’re worried about masks in the Capitol when Democrats continue to not care that we have all kinds of people coming across the border. There’s a real disconnect there. And Capitol police get to sit there and talk about all their woes from January 6 and how horribly they were treated and how hard their job is, but meanwhile you have police across the country from last year who faced all kinds of horror. Nobody’s listening to their stories. How Antifa and people protesting then were just let back out on the streets. Bailed out by our now Vice President Harris and her group. They don’t get to tell their stories. The hypocrisy and the only cherry picking what we want you to hear and scaring you the way we want you to be scared. It’s appalling.”

Congressman Harry Cueller, a Democrat from Texas, is even asking the Biden administration for help.

“It’s not fair to my local communities,” he said. “There are people being released there that might have COVID 19.”

Barkdoll added, “There were even some government whistle blowers that deal with ICE that were saying that some of these people crossing were not tested or they knew they were positive and they were still released. This is certainly a problem. The maddening part is we have a total inconsistent regulation when it comes to these masks. Imagine if you’re in the Capitol building, so you’re in this room, you must have the mask on or you’re subject to fines, but you can walk maybe a few yards down the hall into the next room and you’re not required to wear the mask. How do they justify that kind of a policy?”