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Miller-Meeks Urges House to Return to Normal

May 14, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, May 14th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02)  spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging the House to return to normal.



To watch Miller-Meeks’ speech, click HERE, and read her remarks, as prepared for delivery, below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on an issue critical to this chamber setting an example for the rest of the country.

Yesterday, the CDC issued guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume indoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. I am pleased to see the CDC following the science and recommending that fully vaccinated individuals can go without masks indoors.

As Members of Congress, we should not only encourage constituents to get vaccinated, we should be showing them what a ‘return to normal’ looks like and follow the science. According to the Speaker, roughly 75% of our members have received COVID-19 vaccination, and therefore should have the choice to go without masks.

Americans are looking for hope, and we are not showing it. Just as I implored on April 22, I am again calling on the Speaker and Attending Physician to lift the rules and fines that require fully vaccinated members of Congress to wear masks in the House chamber.

Even the New York Times said the ‘CDC is finally catching up to the science’ and so should the House.  We must be the leaders we were elected to be, follow the science, and have the choice to go without a mask.

Thank you, Mr.  Speaker, I yield back my time.