Members of Congress all assembled on Sunday to vote for Speaker of the House and swear in the new members.
The vote for Speaker was a tight one with the Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy leading until the final group of members, the 7th group, voted. However, Nancy Pelosi squeaked by and was elected as Speaker. But she needed all hands on deck to make it happen, getting votes from all members of the Squad and suffering five “moderates” who either voted for other people or who just voted present instead.
One of the few members of the House who was sworn in today, and made headlines, was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a strong Trump supporter. She reportedly got in a bit of a dust-up on the floor, allegedly about the wearing of masks.
But Taylor Greene may have gotten the last jab in on the subject.
First Taylor Greene observed that Pelosi is the last person who has any right to say anything about following rules when she had a member who just announced on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for the Wuhan virus, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on the floor in order to help Pelosi win the Speaker vote today. Pelosi even had a special plexiglass enclosure for people to vote from who were still supposed to be in quarantine, according to Axios reporter Alayna Treene.
“@SpeakerPelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel. No one can attack me about masks, when Pelosi is sending Democrats to the floor with positive COVID tests to vote for her for Speaker,” Greene tweeted.
But ultimately, Greene did have a mask on, she said. It’s just not one that Pelosi likely would endorse.