NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a call with House Democrats Wednesday that she will introduce a mandatory mask policy for the House of Representatives floor, according to reports.
The move comes after Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who has been vocal about not wearing a face covering at the Capitol, announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Earlier in the day, when asked about a possible policy, Pelosi told reporters, “We’re talking to the Capitol physician about that. We’ll see what they recommend.”
Pelosi in June required that House members wear masks at committee hearings. The response was mixed, with the likes of Rep. Jim Jordan not wearing a mask. More recently, thought, he has been wearing a mask to hearings.
At the time, an advisory by Attending Physician Brian Monahan said that for House members “in a limited enclosed space, such as a committee hearing room, for greater than 15 minutes, face coverings are REQUIRED.”