A Democratic Texas state lawmaker who was one of six to test positive for the coronavirus called on Texas on Wednesday to restore a universal mask mandate – despite being photographed barefoot on private planes, which last week The delegation was flown to Washington, DC.
“We need to follow the science here,” Tweeted State Representative Donna Howard, who tested positive for the virus between Friday and Monday along with five of his fellow high-flying Democrats. “Texas needs to change course and allow universal mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, esp.[ecially] Because children below 12 years of age have not yet been vaccinated.
Twitter users were quick to point out that Howard posed with fellow lawmakers on a July 12 flight from Austin to the nation’s capital, wearing a face covering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently requires that passengers wear masks on public aircraft, trains and buses, but this right does not extend to chartered aircraft.
This isn’t the first time Howard has gone viral during his Washington visit for all the wrong reasons. Last week, he tweeted a photo of his wet laundry hanging from a hotel room shower curtain rod in an attempt to express the “sacrifice” being made by Democratic legislators.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced that one of the California Democrat’s aides had tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with members of the Texas delegation last week. The same day, the White House announced that one of its staffers had tested positive, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying the person was experiencing “mild symptoms.”
Psaki also revealed Tuesday that there have been “additional “success” coronavirus infections among vaccinated White House staff, but she would not say how many or when they were detected.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott withdrew his state’s mask mandate in March this year and showed no inclination to reinstate it.
“We have passed the time of the government mandate,” Abbott told reporters in Houston on Wednesday. “We are in time for personal responsibility, and that is exactly what we will do.”
At least 51 members of the Texas House of Representatives and nine state senators fled the Lone Star State for Washington last week to deny the House a quorum during a 30-day special session to prevent passing a controversial election reform bill. can be done. 13 July. Lawmakers met with Democratic members of Congress and Vice President Kamala Harris last week to push for passing two stalled federal election reform bills.
Abbott, for his part, has threatened to arrest lawmakers and lock them in legislative chambers if they return to Texas so they can consider election legislation and other measures. The governor has also promised to continue convening the special session till next year’s elections.