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April 30, 2021

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

I write to express my frustration at the inconsistent rules you have imposed for the sake of
political theater on the House Floor. Your own rules state that speakers on the House Floor must
wear a mask for the duration of their speech or face a $500 fine, yet, you allowed President
Biden to speak for over an hour with his mask off. You sat less than 6 feet from Vice President
Harris and members of your party crowded President Biden following the speech – all in
contradiction to the guidelines you set forth.

Let me be clear: I support Members’ rights to speak without masks on, shake hands, gather in
huddles, and sit closely. There was no reason for any part of the COVID charade, since everyone
in attendance was either fully vaccinated or tested negative for China Virus. However, your
hypocrisy was on full display this week as rules that members have been under for months were
brushed aside for optics as you and the Vice President sat behind an unmasked President Biden.

I am calling on you to, as you say, “follow the science” and allow members to speak without
masks from the lectern, and for members of the public to be allowed to return to the House
Gallery. If President Biden was able to speak for an hour without a mask, it’s time to allow the
general body to do the same. It’s time to end the charade.

For months, House Members have had access to rapid COVID testing and the vaccine.
Continuing to require masks when speaking does nothing to prevent the spread of the China
Virus. Please update the House rules accordingly.


Lauren Boebert
Member of Congress