House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is implementing even stricter mask requirements on Capitol Hill in light of the latest uptick in COVID-19 infections.
According to Fox News, Pelosi has mandated more protective KN95 face masks instead of the ubiquitous cloth masks generally seen in public.
Of course, her detractors claim her motivation for this rule change could have sinister origins.
“Our national security and our health”
As Fox News reported, the masks being distributed by the House of Representative’s Office of the Attending Physician are made in China. For his part, House GOP Doctors Caucus chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) took issue with that fact.
He argued in a statement to the cable news network that America’s “insecure supply chain presents a much greater risk to our overall national health.”
The Ohio Republican complained that the Chinese-made masks included in the mandate represent “just one example of our inabilities to protect and treat Americans without relying on adversaries.”
Wenstrup urged U.S. officials to “divest away” from products coming from the communist regime in China, adding: “Our national security and our health depend on it.”
Of course, Wenstrup was not the only prominent Republican voice speaking out against the latest Pelosi mandate. Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) argued: “As usual, Speaker Pelosi fails to recognize the senseless optics of her own decision-making.”
He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic “came from China,” but Pelosi is nevertheless “comfortable with publicly supporting a Chinese manufacturer, sending our taxpayer dollars overseas and further advertising our dependency on China … on the faces of Congress.”
As the North Carolina Republican concluded, Pelosi’s staffers either “neglected to realize the cruel irony of supporting ‘Made in China’ or they don’t care.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) also weighed in, declaring that it is fitting “for the Democrats to be handing out masks that were made in the same place the virus originated.”
The latest face mask controversy came on the heels of yet another contentious exchange between Senate Republicans and White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. During a committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accused Fauci of “playing cheap politics” in an attempted “takedown” of dissenting scientists.