House Leader McCarthy Slams Nancy Pelosi — Pushes Her To Answer When Capitol Will Return To Pre-Pandemic Norms: Proxy Voting, Tours, Masks

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi questions about when the Capitol will get back to normal including the matters of proxy voting and public access to the building, according to Fox News.

The Capitol is currently under militarized security and has not been open to the public for nearly a year due to the coronavirus.

“Nearly a year ago to the day, you made the decision to close the Capitol to visitors and begin implementing new protocols to govern access and movement of the members and staff of the Capitol complex,” McCarthy said in a letter. “But since that time, we have learned more about the virus and have made monumental strides in our scientific and technological endeavors.”

“And to date, roughly 75 percent of House members have been fully vaccinated, or will be by the end of this week,” McCarthy said.

“Simply put: it’s time we return to regular order,” McCarthy said.

Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond.

More from Fox News:

The pandemic is likely not to be fully over for months, as federal and state governments aim to get as many people vaccinated as possible as quickly as they can. President Biden has said there will be enough vaccines for every adult in the United States by the end of May, though it will take longer than that to administer them to everyone.

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But multiple states have begun rolling back their coronavirus restrictions significantly, including Texas and Mississippi, which recently removed all coronavirus rules on businesses’ operation.

Nearby Maryland, meanwhile, just lifted many of its coronavirus rules specifically on travel and indoor capacity limits for restaurants and other businesses. Maryland left in place its mask mandate and still requires bars and restaurants to implement seated and socially distanced service.

Nevertheless, the mass manufacture of vaccines and steadily improving distribution nationwide has provided Americans a light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic about one year after the coronavirus-related shutdowns began.



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