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Washington, D.C. – Today on the House Floor, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) questioned the Democrats’ reasoning behind continued mask mandates. “They said if Americans got vaccinated, we’d get our lives back. And we did. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the past administration, he said. “But we now have a majority that doesn’t want to base anything on science.”

Highlights of remarks are below, or watch online here.


“I just left speaking with Dr. Monahan from the House.  He said he used a CDC recommendation on a report that hasn’t been printed yet. He did not know that the report is based upon India, about a vaccine that’s not approved in America.  And now he did not know that it didn’t even pass peer review.  That’s why vaccinated people in this House now have to wear a mask.  There is no science, but I guess the Speaker must have not known that.    
“…Do you know what frustrates Americans the most? Hypocrisy. They hate the idea that you tell people, ‘Get vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask.’  First they tell us ‘don’t wear a mask,’ ‘wear a mask,’ ‘wear two masks,’ and then ‘take the mask off.’  They said if Americans got vaccinated, we’d get our lives back. And we did. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the past administration.

“But what they also hate about hypocrisy is when you break your own rules. It’s kind of like telling America ‘you can’t go get your hair cut,’ but you get caught on camera because you do it.

“Or you tell people you can’t go out to dinner, but in my same state, the state that the individual got the haircut, that governor went out to dinner.

“…Today, the Speaker, who didn’t know her own science, and said names to people, broke her own rules.

“Twice today, I saw the Speaker in a crowded room without a mask. Less than 24 hours after imposing the mask mandate — which again, is not based upon a study [here]. It’s based upon a study in India, based upon a vaccine that isn’t approved in America, and didn’t pass peer review. 

“Could this be a plan to try to keep our schools closed? 

“And worst of all, this Administration and now this House have broken the country’s trust.

“…You know what’s interesting – we serve in this chamber, we represent our districts, and we have Senators who represent our states just down the hall. The ‘science’ based upon the Speaker of this House, changes somewhere around the Rotunda. You see, you have to wear your masks here, otherwise you are fined… But if you walk across the hall…you don’t have to wear it anymore. Somehow the ‘science’ is different.

“…Americans want to get back to work, back to school, and back to health. But we now have a majority that doesn’t want to base anything on ‘science.’

“…But it’s just like their philosophy. They want to mandate. They want to impose. They want to tell you when you can go to school. When you can eat. 

“…Mark my words – this is just the beginning. In a few weeks, schools are supposed to open again.

“We know what the science says about covid [and] children. I think you’re going to start seeing new reports. They won’t be printed, but they will try to keep the schools closed. 

“…Then, they will try to shut our businesses down one more time. 

“Operation Warp Speed provided vaccines that were tested, that work, that are effective.

“The [studies and] the science prove it so.”