Washington, D.C. is the people’s city, financed by citizens and run by elected officials. However, the Capitol has been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and some Republicans think it’s time to follow the science and open back up.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — was just ordered by 32 Republicans in the House of Representatives to reopen the capitol, Breitbart reported. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) led the effort, calling access a First Amendment right.
The letter called on Pelosi and Schumer to “lift COVID-19 restrictions limiting public access to the United States Capitol.” It pointed out that there are now “official business visits allowed at the U.S. Capitol as of April 26, 2021, and at the House Office Buildings on April 29, 2021,” so opening it up to the public “seems only natural” as the next logical step.
“The First Amendment to the Constitution establishes the people’s right to petition their government for redress of their grievances,” Brooks asserted in a separate statement. “Prior to Pelosi and Schumer’s draconian Capitol access restrictions, the American people could easily visit the Capitol offices of their senators and representatives. Now, to gain access to the House and Senate office buildings, citizens must be on preapproved lists kept by the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms,” he pointed out.
“America has historically prided ourselves on transparency and easy citizens access to government institutions,” he continued. “It is shameful that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer persist in keeping the law-abiding American citizens out of their own Capitol, especially when states are lifting restrictions and the CDC is recommending fully-vaccinated Americans return to pre-COVID normalcy.”
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals in most settings, Fox News reported. According to Brooks’ statement, “Nancy Pelosi said ‘about 75%’ of House members are vaccinated. That exceeds herd immunity requirements,” he asserted.
“The American people demand a return to pre-COVID normalcy,” Brooks continued. He went on to reiterate that it is a Constitutional right for the people to be able to access their government officials.
“As is often the way with Socialists, they don’t give a twit about denying citizens their First Amendment rights to make their voices heard,” Brooks concluded. “I, and the signers of this letter, demand Pelosi and Schumer protect and defend First Amendment rights by lifting Capitol access restrictions.”
With cases going down and vaccinations going up, there is little reason to keep up with these restrictions. It seems government officials are reluctant to let their power go even as science negates such restrictions.