From NBC News:
A Florida congressman couldn’t mask his concern for the coronavirus outbreak.
Rep. Matt Gaetz wore a gas mask to Wednesday’s House vote on the $8.3 billion bill for emergency funding to help tackle the issue.
Asked why he was wearing the mask, Gaetz said, “Look, members of Congress are human petri dishes. We fly through the dirtiest airports, we touch everyone we meet.”
He also tweeted out a picture of himself reviewing a piece of paper while wearing the headgear ahead of the vote.
Gaetz’s decision was not in line with the administration’s recommendations. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted last week, “Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus.”
It’s not clear how effective his protection was. Rep. Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, informed Gaetz he wasn’t wearing the headgear properly and helped him fix it in what Gallego called a moment of “bipartisanship.”
Gaetz said he was allowed to wear the mask on the floor because “there are provisions in the House rules that permit medically necessary headgear.” Asked if he planned on wearing it regularly, he said, “Great question.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif,, didn’t sound amused when she heard about the stunt. “I didn’t even know that he was doing that but they advised us not to wear masks,” Pelosi said.