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House Coronavirus Crisis Select Subcommittee Chairman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) on Monday threatened not to allow Republicans to attend hearings in person without wearing a mask.

In a letter to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the top Republican on the panel, Clyburn declared:

Going forward, as long as the Attending Physician’s requirement to wear masks is in place, I will not recognize any Member of this Subcommittee to participate in person in any Subcommittee meeting or hearing unless the Member is wearing a mask and strictly adheres to the Attending Physician’s guidance.

Members who do not wish to wear a mask are welcome to participate remotely …

The chairman of the coronavirus subcommittee in the Democrat-controlled House stressed that the Capitol physician issued new rules requiring lawmakers to wear masks while attending any House meetings “in a limited enclosed space, such as a committee hearing room” for greater than 15 minutes.

Congressman Clyburn also noted that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages wearing masks at indoor gatherings like committee hearings.

By refusing to wear a mask or any other facial coverings during a hearing on Friday, Republicans “undermined the safety of everyone” in the vicinity, including colleagues, staff, witnesses, Capitol Police, and custodial personnel, among others, Clyburn argued, adding:

I am writing to express my profound disappointment that the Republican Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis refused to wear masks during Friday’s hearing, which was held one day after the United States reached the highest number of new coronavirus cases on record, and after the disease has already killed more people in the United States than in any other nation on Earth. Masks save lives.

According to Clyburn, GOP members, none of whom wore a face covering during the hearing, requested that the panel hold Friday’s hearing in person.

“My Republican colleagues’ refusal to wear masks is perplexing because you have asked repeatedly to hold in-person hearings, and you assured me that this could be done safely,” Clyburn wrote.

During several hearings and press conferences, Democrat lawmakers have taken their masks off when talking into the microphone.

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WJZ Exclusive: Baltimore Police To Move 70 Specialized Units Members To Patrol, No Officer Layoffs Expected After $22M In Cuts

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore police will be making some changes after calls to defund the police and the coronavirus pandemic lead to big budget cuts. The good news — no officers will be laid off.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison spoke exclusively to WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren Wednesday about the movement to defund police, reforms in the department and his own future.

The city council approved $22 million in cuts to BPD last month including slashing the specialized marine and mounted units.

Harrison says 70 members of the department will be moved from specialized units to patrol and the department is looking for outside agencies to handle some of the duties of those units.

“We’ll add more people to patrol so we won’t have any gaps,” Harrison said. “They’re going to be shifted out of some of the specialized units like marine that was cut and mounted that was cut,” he said. “To the extent that we have a need for specialized services…we are partnering with another agency to perhaps be able to do that on our behalf.”

He said there are no layoffs expected among sworn officers. “There has been some talk about some potential for civilians, and certainly, we’ve reduced the recent positions that went unfilled. There are no plans for any layoffs of any police officers.”

As for officer shortages in the department, he said, “We’re not seeing a change in recruitment numbers. We are not seeing a change in retention numbers.”

The commissioner said he plans to stay on the job even with a new mayor coming into office. “I said this before when Mayor Pugh had to step down: The person who brought me here, is not the reason why I’m here. I am in it because of my commitment to Baltimore and I am in it for the long haul.“

He said he is proud of how BPD handled recent protests. “Our department has been a model for how to do this.”

Harrison also praised the work to reform the force. “What the country is asking for, what you see people demanding by way of demonstrations, we are already doing that.“

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