Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence on forcing representatives to wear masks against the alleged spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, 34 of them wrote to her demanding the removal of the mandate.
Pelosi thus contradicts the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s ruling that indoor use of masks is no longer mandatory for vaccinated individuals.
“It is time to update our own workplace regulations. Every member of Congress has had the opportunity to be vaccinated, and you have indicated about 75 percent have taken advantage of this opportunity,” reads the letter led by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), the Daily Caller quoted on May 13.
Gibbs added: “For all the talk from President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and the mainstream media telling us to follow the science, political leaders should be setting an example for getting back to normal, not cowering in fear in defiance of common sense.”
For Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.-18), this imposition is one of Pelosi’s strategies to demonstrate and exercise her power, according to one of his tweets on May 13.
“The Capitol Attending Physician has determined that it is safe to “resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart” if vaccinated,” said the Republican representative for Florida.
He added: “Ignoring this determination & CDC guidance, Nancy Pelosi is keeping the mask mandate. It’s not about science. It’s all about power.”
The Capitol Attending Physician has determined that it is safe to "resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart" if vaccinated. Ignoring this determination & CDC guidance, Nancy Pelosi is keeping the mask mandate. It's not about science. It's all about power.
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) May 14, 2021
Concurrence was echoed by Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.-19), saying that the House mandate on the mask “should have gone away months ago,” adding that, “Most members are vaccinated or have antibodies—that’s upholding a silly rule.”
On the other hand, the CDC has been harshly criticized for its persistence in making citizens continue to wear the masks in other circumstances, going so far as to lie with the use of falsified data.
For example, the CDC claims that the risk of outdoor transmission of the CCP Virus is about 10%. This estimate is considered grossly exaggerated and is used to keep the population in fear and force them to wear masks.
At a Senate committee hearing earlier this week, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) pressed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to explain the report and the varying numbers.
Walensky said the 10% benchmark came from a top-line result from a meta-analysis of a study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease in November.
“The topline result was less than 10%, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, one of our top infectious disease journals,” she said.
This 10% figure “seems to be a huge exaggeration,” as Dr. Muge Cevik, a virologist at the University of St. Andrews, told the NY Times. According to her, the proportion of transmission that has occurred outdoors appears to be below 1% and may be below 0.1%.