Tempers flared in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday after its chief physician urged lawmakers to resume wearing masks to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, with the top Democrat labeling Republican opposition as "moronic" as masks and other measures to control COVID return to daily life in the U.S. This report produced by Garay Gavino.
"This is just about more control." House Republicans bristled at new guidance from the Capitol physician Wednesday mandating mask wearing.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and many of his fellow Republicans refused to mask up: "We are vaccinated, we're not a hotspot, but they're forcing you to wear a mask, not in the Senate, but in the House." This after the CDC on Tuesday said vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission, due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant.
A high-level aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republican opposition was quote “moronic” after a report based off of garbled audio said Pelosi called McCarthy a “moron.” Pelosi later downplayed the moment.
REPORTER: “Is Kevin McCarthy a moron, and if so - why?” PELOSI: “I said in my earlier comments, science, science, and science… To say that wearing a mask is not based on science I think is not wise and that was my comment.
And that is all I am going to say about that.” The move to re-mask in Congress comes the same day The White House told federal employees working in areas with substantial or high COVID community spread to mask up indoors, regardless of vaccination status, according to an email seen by Reuters.
As cases rise in the U.S., New York state and California said their employees would soon need to be fully vaccinated to return to work or get tested regularly.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: "President Biden has reported that he's going to announce soon that all federal employees must be vaccinated or get tested.
New York State is doing the same.” That announcement is expected to come on Thursday, when the president is expected to roll out further mandates as part of a more aggressive campaign to control the spread of COVID.
Sen. Joni Ernst’s recent comments about the impact of the impeachment inquiry on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are reminiscent of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s comments on the impact of the Hillary Clinton Benghazi investigation.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joked at an event that it “will be hard not to hit” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel if Republicans take control of the chamber in the 2022 midterms and he becomes speaker. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reports Pelosi’s spokesperson and deputy chief of staff swiftly condemned the comments.
The latest data from the Union Health Ministry in India said that 26,115 new cases of the Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours. The death count climbed to 4,45,358 with 252 more fatalities, according to the data.
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In an exclusive interview, Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the British House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle tell CNN’s Bianca Nobilo that the transatlantic ‘special relationship’ is going strong.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi met Roy Cropper star David Neilson on a visit to the set of ITV's Coronation Street. The visit was part of this weekend's G7 Heads of Parliament Conference in Chorley, Lancashire, hosted by Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle has welcomed Speakers and Presiding Officers from G7 countries for a conference at Astley Hall in his Lancashire hometown of Chorley. The conference discussed the safety of elected Members, ensuring the voices of voters are heard by their Parliaments, and the role social media plays in democracies. Those attending include Richard Ferrand of France, Roberto Fico of Italy, and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
CNN’s Bianca Nobilo sits down for an exclusive interview with UK Parliament Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the highest authority in the House of Commons, ahead of hosting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other counterparts at the G7 Speakers summit.
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, arrives for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss Anglo-American relations at 10 Downing Street. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The price tag of the Democrats’ economic proposals is important, but “the human mind doesn’t actually know what 3.5 trillion is,” David Leonhardt says. He says the bill’s opponents “really want to emphasize its size… but what it does is also relevant.” April Ryan says “the issue is, how does it impact me?”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, says that “as of now, Trump is winning” because the GOP has stayed silent and refused to denounce Trump’s lies about the election.
David Wasserman, Cook Political Report, says the recent decision not to run by one of the ten GOP Congress members to vote for impeachment, reveals one of several factors impacting the upcoming midterms.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, announced he will not run for reelection in 2022 due to the “toxic dynamics” inside the GOP.
The White House said the maiden bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on September 24 will take the relationship between the two countries from strength to strength while helping in reinforcing and giving momentum to the Quad grouping.
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According to an NDTV report, Congress party sources have said that former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and independent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani will join the Congress.
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The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Cartwright calls Andrew Cuomo’s impending resignation “the biggest political scandal of the year” and says CNN viewers will “expect” Chris Cuomo to address it on his prime time program.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday distanced herself from Governor Andrew Cuomo who resigned after sexual harassment accusations, saying when she takes over no official who had behaved unethically would keep their job. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.