Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, was one of 34 U.S. House members to sign a letter addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, urging her to end mandatory mask requirements and return to normal voting procedures in the House.
The May 14 letter came the day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks or socially distance to avoid spreading or contracting the coronavirus. The letter was written by Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio.
“It is time to update our own workplace regulations. Every member of Congress has had the opportunity to be vaccinated, and you have indicated about 75 percent have taken advantage of this opportunity,” the letter said. “The United States Congress must serve as a model to show the country we can resume normal life through vaccination. Let’s follow the science and get back to work.”
As of Wednesday, Pelosi continued to require masks on the House floor, although they are not required in office spaces or other areas for the fully vaccinated. Those who defy the mask mandate can be fined up to $2,500 for repeated offenses.