(TheRedAlertNews.com) – If the joint session of Congress is anything to go by, masks are officially out.
President Biden delivered his first State of the Union to a largely maskless congress, as most members abandoned masks following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changing their guidance on the restriction earlier this week.
Democrats’ maskless faces strongly contrasted the party’s overwhelmingly supportive stance on mask mandates for the past two years. However, in recent months some have deviated from that stance as public opinion soured on the mask mandates.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also withdrew the requirement to wear masks in the House, just ahead of Biden’s congressional address — a rule the Senate had never implemented.
Among a sea of maskless faces, the handful of lawmakers who wore masks stood out.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was one of those who stood out, as he was one of a few House Democrats wearing a mask. His decision to wear the face-covering was shared by Democrat Senator John Ossof of Georgia.
There were also a few of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries who attended the State of the Union wearing masks. The list included United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Republicans, who have in many instances been the most vocal opponents to mask mandates, embraced the new rules without a mask in sight.