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Fresh off of fining her Republican colleagues for not wearing masks while in the House Chamber, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now suggesting she may bar members of Congress who refuse to wear a mask and haven’t been vaccinated from even coming onto the House floor.

“We could come to a place where we say if you don’t want to wear a mask and if you’re not vaccinated, don’t even come to the floor. We have facilities up above in the gallery where people can come to vote. We don’t want to deter anyone’s ability to exercise their constitutional duties,” she said while unmasked during her weekly press briefing Thursday.

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Her remarks come amid an ongoing mask war that’s pitted needlessly masked Democrats, all of who have been vaccinated from the coronavirus against unmasked Republicans, an estimated 44.8 percent who’ve also been vaccinated.

The latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explicitly state that vaccinated Americans need not wear a mask either indoors or outdoors, but Democrats have chosen to ignore this advice for what appear to be PR reasons.

In tweets posted Tuesday, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie noted that Democrats are only enforcing a mask mandate on the House floor and not “in the hallways or offices.” In other words, they’re only forcing the mask mandate in places with a TV camera.

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The tweets were posted the same day that multiple House Republicans conducted an anti-mask protest on the House Floor that they were later fined for.

“Now three of those GOP lawmakers — Brian Mast (Fla.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), a physician, and Beth Van Duyne (Tex.) — face $500 fines for breaking the rules, a Capitol official told The Washington Post. All three were fined because this was the second time they defied the mask mandate, while seven other Republicans were issued a first warning,” The Washington Post confirmed Wednesday.

Not that the fined GOP lawmakers minded.

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It’s not clear whether Pelosi might also try to fine her Republican colleagues for not obtaining the coronavirus vaccine. Knowing her, it’s certainly possible.

During Thursday’s briefing, Pelosi added that she intends to keep the mask mandate intact until all members of Congress have been vaccinated.

“We have to wait for them to be vaccinated because they are selfishly an endangerment to other people include staff people here,” she reportedly said, adding that going by an “honor system” wouldn’t be enough for her at this point.

“Do you want them breathing in your face on the strength of their honor? We have a responsibility to make sure of that the House of Representatives chamber is not a petri dish because of the selfishness of some not to be vaccinated,” she added.

It’s not clear if her “honor system” talk was a suggestion that she intends to force vaccinated members of Congress to prove that they’ve been vaccinated.

The speaker’s remarks came hours after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried late Wednesday to push through a resolution that would have eliminated Pelosi’s mask mandate.

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The speaker’s remarks came hours after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried late Wednesday to push through a resolution that would have eliminated Pelosi’s mask mandate.

Following the failed move, Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hammill, issued a trash-talking statement describing the effort as “a sad stunt,” according to CBS News.

“If Minority Leader McCarthy wants to be maskless on the Floor of the House of Representatives, he should get to work vaccinating his Members,” he reportedly said.

However, some members have no intention of being vaccinated.

“She is a perfectly healthy woman and doesn’t see a reason to do so,” Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s spokesperson, Nick Dyer, said to the Georgia Public Broadcasting back in March.

There may also be Republicans who have been advised by their doctors to not get the vaccine because of certain preexisting conditions.

Vivek Saxena

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