Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz are among the GOP House members who still seem to be struggling with following a simple rule in chambers, even with more than a year of practice.
Last June, House Members were ordered to wear face coverings during an oversight hearing. Despite a directive being issued clearly during the hearing, three members — Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert — were named by a reporter who witnessed them continuing to sit maskless. In July, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the mask rule official across the board, and it’s currently required for all meetings of the House of Representatives in enclosed areas.
Despite that, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), as the House Oversight Chair, was forced again on Thursday, nearly two years into the pandemic, more than a year after the mask rule went into effect, and after some members have already been fined for defying it, to again remind members to put on masks for a proceeding, calling out several by name.
House Oversight Committee Chair Nadler (D-NY) calls out Reps. Gaetz (R-FL), Jordan (R-OH) and Greene (R-GA) while reminding hearing room to wear face coverings:
“And that means you Jim and Marjorie and Matt …” pic.twitter.com/tcXvozfe3A
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“I would remind all members that guidance through the office of attending physicians states that face coverings are required for all meetings in enclosed spaces such as committee hearings, except when you’re recognized to speak. And that means you, Jim [Jordan], and Marjorie [Taylor Greene], and Matt [Gaetz], and a lot of other people I can’t recognize because of distance.”
Several of these individuals have been openly protesting mask mandates, with Greene complaining about having to pay fines for her refusal to follow the rule, and Matt Gaetz making a display of wearing a gas mask on the House floor.
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