In a testy exchange before the House Rules Committee, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin called out GOP Rep. Jim Jordan for refusing to wear a mask to the hearing.
The chair of the committee, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. James McGovern, said the Capitol physician recommended that Congress members wear masks but isn’t requiring them.
“It’s obviously not a sign of bravery not to wear a mask,” said Raskin. “It’s a sign of irresponsibility towards other people because when we wear a mask, we’re protecting them. When they don’t wear a mask, they’re not protecting us.”
Jordan said he was following the rules by maintaining six feet of social distancing from others in the hearing room.
"You might not be wearing a mask, but you adhere to the rules of this committee while you're here Mr. Jordan, OK?" Rep. Raskin said to Jordan in a heated exchange after he mentions Benghazi investigations during a hearing on forming a new coronavirus select committee. pic.twitter.com/9iQH82tlUv
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Jordan later denounced a Democratic proposal to create a select panel to oversee the federal coronavirus response as nothing more than an election-year effort to discredit President Donald Trump.
“This is just one more attempt by the Democrats to go after the president,” declared Jordan, who argued that eight different entities including several other House of Representatives committees are already scrutinizing disbursement of several trillion dollars in federal aid to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that she envisions the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as “a very bipartisan initiative to stop waste, fraud and abuse, price-gouging, profiteering and the rest” that would not be about the Trump administration, but would focus on how the relief efforts are being implemented. She said the full House of Representatives would have to vote on its implementation. A House floor vote on the subcommittee’s formation is scheduled today.