Nancy Pelosi Defends Mask Mandate for Members of Congress
During her weekly press briefing on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended the mask mandate that was enacted for members of the United States House of Representatives and said that it was “sad” that South Carolina Republican Congressman Ralph Norman caught COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated.
Norman announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in a tweet on Thursday after he sued Pelosi over the new rule which was adopted upon the advice of Capitol Physician Doctor Brian Monahan following requests by 20 lawmakers. Norman and two of his GOP colleagues – Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Thomas Massey of Kentucky – insisted that the $500 fine for refusing to comply was unconstitutional.
“Madam Speaker, several House Democrats have called for the Capitol Physician to institute a vaccine or test mandate for Members and staff. You have previously said that Members can’t be compelled to get vaccinated because it’s a matter of privacy, we can’t know who is and isn’t vaccinated. Do you still hold that belief? And do you see some merit in a vaccine or test mandate?” a reporter asked Pelosi.
“Well, you only gave part of my statement,” Pelosi replied. “What I said was that we are guided and have to be guided by the guidance of the Capitol Physician. He has made those contentions, and when weighing the equities takes us to a different place, I’m sure he will tell us. Now, in a matter of maybe days or weeks, the full approval will be given to the vaccines, and that, I think, will make a difference in terms of what we can do.”
She then mentioned Norman and the dose of karma that befell him.
“Sadly, one of our colleagues, who is suing me for making people wear masks, which of course the District of Columbia says you have to do inside, but nonetheless, he, sadly, has been diagnosed,” Pelosi said. “Yeah. Okay?”