Members of Congress all assembled today to ring in the 117th Congress, vote for a Speaker and swear in the new members.
As we reported earlier, the vote for Speaker was a tight one with the Republican leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) leading until the final group of members, the 7th group, voted. Ultimately, though, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) squeaked by and was elected Speaker. But she needed all hands on deck to make it happen, getting votes from all the members of the Squad and suffering five “moderates” who either voted for other people or who just didn’t vote for her and voted present instead.
One of the new members of the House who was sworn in today and who voted against Pelosi is Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga), a strong Trump supporter, and another Republican member reportedly got in a bit of a dust-up on the floor, allegedly about the wearing of masks.
But Taylor Greene may have gotten the last jab in on the subject.
First Taylor Greene observed that Pelosi is the last person who has any right to say anything about following rules when she had a member who just announced on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for the Wuhan virus, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on the floor in order to help Pelosi win the Speaker vote today. Pelosi even had a special plexiglass enclosure for people to vote from who were still supposed to be in quarantine, according to Axios reporter Alayna Treene.
“@SpeakerPelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel. No one can attack me about masks, when Pelosi is sending Democrats to the floor with positive COVID tests to vote for her for Speaker,” Greene tweeted.
But ultimately, Greene did have a mask on, she said. It’s just not one that Pelosi likely would endorse.
Boom. Notice, of course, Twitter is quick in with the tag to dispute it.
While the 116th Congress did allow for remote voting, rules don’t carry over into the new Congress, so they had to have everyone on hand to vote and then they can re-pass having remote voting. But the top Republican on the House Administration Committee blasted Pelosi for her actions in having people who were still in quarantine in there voting. The “only reason this is happening is because Speaker Pelosi needs to be re-elected speaker,” he railed. “It’s shameful. Davis says they wouldn’t tell him who members in quarantine are but says they’ve had negative tests. “It’s horseshit. You can quote me on that.”
More ‘rules for thee but not for me.’ When Pelosi needs to avoid the rules, she simply does, just like when she had to have her hair done in San Francisco and then blamed the poor hair salon owner. As long as she won, right? Priorities.