House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), the House Doctors Caucus co-chairs Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), and Congressman Michel Burgess (TX-26), and the members of the Doctors Caucus introduced a House Resolution calling on the Attending Physician to direct Speaker Pelosi to trust the science and adopt the CDC’s mask guidance for House Floor and committee meeting space protocols.
The following joint statement was released by the members expressing the importance of their resolution:
“Last week, the CDC released guidance that actually supported the science – vaccinated individuals would no longer have to wear a mask indoors. Since the announcement, 24 states have either ended their mask mandates or have plans to do so within the next few weeks. Several private companies such as Home Depot, Harris Teeter, Target, and CVS, to name a few, are also updating guidelines that reflect the recent CDC changes. This is good news.
“Operation Warp Speed helped deliver a medical breakthrough in record time — three highly effective vaccines for COVID-19. After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, Americans are yearning for normalcy, and we should celebrate the progress the vaccines have helped us achieve in just a few months.
“Vaccinated Americans should have the confidence to return to their pre-pandemic routines, and the federal government should help reinforce trust in the vaccine. This should start with our leadership in Congress. That is why we are calling on Speaker Pelosi to stop politicizing science as a personal vendetta against her political opponents. Instead, she should adopt the same mask guidance from the CDC, which the White House and Senate are using as the basis for their protocols.
“As elected officials, we have a responsibility to send a message to the American people that we believe in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The Speaker’s reluctance to trust the science, will only help to sow distrust in the vaccines.”
View the text of House Resolution 414 below: