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Kevin McCarthy seeks to lift mask guidance for the House floor as Nancy Pelosi has said rules won't change until all lawmakers are vaccinated

May 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has filed a privileged resolution seeking to change the current mask guidance in the House of Representatives and allow members to be maskless on the House floor, a source familiar with McCarthy's plans tells CNN.

McCarthy's move comes after a handful of Republican lawmakers purposefully evaded the chamber's mask mandate, which requires all members to wear a mask on the House floor unless they are giving a speech.

Monahan informed members last week that masks still had to be worn on the House floor, the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted that individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors except under certain circumstances.

Brian Mast of Florida, Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa and Beth Van Duyne of Texas all received $500 fines for their second offenses of ignoring the mask mandate on the House floor on Tuesday, a Capitol official told CNN.

After members were reprimanded for violating House floor mask wearing rules on Tuesday, Pelosi took to the floor to remind members of the mask-wearing rules.

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