Following a newly implemented mask mandate for the House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol Police have been directed to begin arresting staff and visitors not wearing masks in the building. According to a memo obtained by House members and shared online, police are instructed not to arrest representatives and instead report them to the House sergeant-at-arms.
In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.
For Members, they advise not arresting but “reporting Members to SAA for their failure to comply.”
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) July 29, 2021
Fox News reports:
“This is such an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority to basically make our Capitol Police arrest staff members and report on members,” Cammack told Fox News Wednesday. “It’s absolutely unconscionable that this is where we’re at.”
GOP members huddled with Capitol Attending Physician Brian P. Monahan Wednesday at the Capitol to express their frustrations with the new mask guidance and say it’s not based on science. GOP members have openly revolted against the mask mandates – especially since it’s not in place on the Senate side – and said it’s a politically motivated mandate from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“I cannot comply with this tyrannical order,” Cammack said. “This is the people’s house, not Nancy Pelosi’s house
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise shared Florida Rep. Cammack’s tweet and slammed Speaker Pelosi for instructing police to arrest those that won’t wear a mask saying the order isn’t supported by science.
To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks.
This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control. https://t.co/XMXxI0Dw2D
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 29, 2021
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy slammed the ridiculous memo and pointed out that it only applies to the House side of Congress. There is currently no such mandate for those on the Senate side.
“If you are a Capitol police officer you got orders … if a vaccinated staffer comes across in the House side without a mass you’re ordered to arrest them, but not on the Senate side,” McCarthy said. “This is not the America we know.”