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Pelosi to keep mask rule after CDC recommendation, after pointing to some GOP members not vaccinated

The top House member made the decision because she's unsure how many members are vaccinated, her office says.

Updated: May 14, 2021 - 9:17am

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’ll continue to require members to wear a mask on the chamber floor, despite a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation Thursday that fully-vaccinated people can remove their COVID-19 face-covering when indoors.

Pelosi, a Democrat who as speaker presides over the chamber, is keeping the rule because she’s uncertain whether all members are vaccinated, considering some Republicans have said they won’t get the shots.

"No. Are they all vaccinated?" Pelosi told CNN when asked by CNN following the CDC announcement about whether she’d relax the rule.

Pelosi’s office later told Bloomberg News it's unclear how many House members have been fully vaccinated. Reports last month showed about 25 percent of them had not been vaccinated. 

The speaker has suggested the holdouts are Republicans.

"The Republicans come up to me and say, 'Let's shorten the time for votes, let's shorten the time for votes.' " she said last month, according to The Hill newspaper. "I said, 'Well, tell your friends to get vaccinated.' "