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New GOP rep yelled at for not wearing mask, while two quarantined Dems allowed to vote

Incoming Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, congresswoman-elect for Georgia’s 14th congressional district, and another new Republican House member found themselves embroiled in a spat over coronavirus masks as the 117th Congress met for the first time on Sunday. This happened as Pelosi allowed a Covid-19 positive member onto the floor, along with another Dem who was in quarantine, in order to secure the necessary votes for another term as Speaker. Pelosi won just barely after progressive ‘Squad’ members caved and voted for her.

Greene and the unidentified Republican allegedly told floor staff they would not put on masks as mandated by Pelosi. The Republican and Democratic floor staff ended up in a “screaming match” setting the tone for 2021.

Greene wasted no time in firing back at the report.

“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel. No one can attack me about masks, when Pelosi is sending Democrats to the floor with positive COVID tests to vote for her for Speaker,” Greene wrote on Twitter in an apparent reference to Rep. Gwen Moore who was allowed to vote on the floor after announcing Dec. 28 that she tested positive for the coronavirus.

In December, Pelosi announced that lawmakers in the House of Representatives would be required at all times to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, insisting recognition in the chamber would hinge on members following this rule.

Responding to this Greene wrote on Twitter: “Is this the Marjorie Mask Mandate, @SpeakerPelosi? An oppressive violation of my rights.” So, this is not the first time the two have clashed over the mask issue.

Evidently, if you’re a Democrat you can break CDC guidelines to show up and vote, but if you’re a freshman member such as Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, you get reprimanded for taking a selfie on the floor.

Chad Pergram of Fox News tweeted out: “From colleague Caroline McKee. Pelosi on the flr for new session. Elbow bumping with some mbrs. Rep-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was reminded that there are no photos allowed on the House floor when she took a selfie.”

At least two Democrats, Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Rick Larsen (D-WA), have tested positive for the coronavirus since Dec. 23 — and under CDC guidelines should remain in quarantine. However, they were allowed on the floor to vote anyway.

“Well I actually do have a mask,” Greene stated, posting a photo of herself wearing a face mask with the slogan “Trump Won.”

The House will vote on Monday on a new “rules package” to begin the new Congress which will include a remote voting option. But in the House, you can’t carry over rules from the 116th Congress to the 117th Congress. Therefore, everyone had to show up at noon on Sunday.

Under normal circumstances, all 435 House members-elect would crowd into the chamber to vote electronically and record their presence. But during the pandemic, the House will summon members to the chambers in seven groups consisting of approximately 72 persons each. The first tranche will start with Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and run through Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX). The seventh and final group stretches from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) through Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

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