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Dispute over new mask guidelines escalates partisan rancor in House

Added 05-16-21 07:23:02am EST - “The announcement Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropping mask requirements for vaccinated people has stirred more partisan acrimony in the House, with Republicans eager to ditch face coverings mandated…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Dispute over new mask guidelines escalates partisan rancor in House”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The announcement Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropping mask requirements for vaccinated people has stirred more partisan acrimony in the House, with Republicans eager to ditch face coverings mandated by Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The mask fight is the latest in a series of events that has further split the two parties to the point that new partisan ethics complaints are flying and the idea of working together on major legislation seems far out of reach.

Shortly after CDC officials dropped the mask requirement in an afternoon press conference Thursday, dozens of House Republicans wrote to Pelosi demanding she do the same in the House, where masks have been mandatory since July 30, 2020.

“The United States Congress must serve as a model to show the country we can resume normal life through vaccination,” the letter, spearheaded by Rep. Bob Gibbs, an Ohio Republican, said. “Let’s follow the science and get back to work.”

But Pelosi is refusing to drop the mask mandate, citing Brian Monahan, the attending physician for the Congress.

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