Pelosi Announces Mandatory Mask Policy for House of Representatives

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that members of the House of Representatives will have to wear a mask starting Wednesday after Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for COVID-19.

“Members and staff will be required to wear masks in the halls of the House,” Pelosi said on the House floor, adding that members and staffers wont be allowed in the House Chamber without a mask.

“The chair would also like to remind members that the speaker has the authority to direct the sergeant at arms to remove a member from the floor as a matter of decorum,” the California Democrat said. “To reiterate, the chair views the failure to wear a mask as a serious breach of decorum.”

Gohmert, 66, confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis on Wednesday in a video, saying he was tested twice for the virus, with both coming back positive. The lawmaker said he is asymptomatic, and suggested that he could have contracted the virus while he was wearing a mask.

“It is interesting, and I dont know about everybody, but when I have a mask on, Im moving it to make it comfortable, and I cant help but wonder if that puts some germs in the mask,” Gohmert said in the video. Previously, Gohmert was sometimes seen not wearing a mask inside the chamber.

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