While members of Congress sometimes use their positions to make bold statements, Rep. Matt Gaetz — a Florida Republican — took that to the next level on Wednesday after he appeared to be wearing a gas mask on the House floor in a show of support for Coronavirus funding.
According to Daily Caller, Gaetz made a statement concerning the prop he wore on Wednesday.
“Members of Congress are always in airports, taking selfies with other people’s phones…if there’s anybody that’s going to get coronavirus it’s going to be the United States Congress. House rules do not explicitly allow medical headgear even at this time of heightened concern. This is a rule that should be revisited,” he said.
On Wednesday, members of the lower chamber managed to put politics aside and huddled together on a $7.8 billion Coronavirus package, just as the United States confirms several more cases of the emerging pathogen, along with another recorded death.
Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote. pic.twitter.com/wjJ4YY4VZz
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 4, 2020
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby pointed out that the fight to contain and prevent Coronavirus — or COVID-19 — should be nothing less than a bipartisan effort so as to help protect the American public from the outbreak.
“This should not be about politics; this is about doing our job to protect the American people from a potential pandemic,” Shelby said on Wednesday.
He went on to thank President Donald Trump in advance for signing off on the bill and thanked members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for the cooperation, which is seemingly exceedingly rare these days.