An open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives

Sanctions on reckless Congresspeople

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I hope this finds you well, especially in light of recent circumstances. At the time of this writing, 2 members of the House of Representatives have received positive tests for COVID-19, contact traced to the events of Republicans in the safe room during the insurrection. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Black woman and cancer survivor, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American and Tamil woman elected to Congress. Covid-19 already has a disproportionate impact on Black and other non-white communities. Rep. Jayapal has detailed that several Republican colleagues not only refused to wear masks in the safe room, but mocked colleagues and staff who offered to provide them. While Rep. Jayapal is calling for every member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms, I don't believe this goes far enough for those who have already recklessly endangered your life and the lives of your colleagues. I want unity, not more division. Unity can't be held without an honest conversation, hard truths, accountability, and remorse. I'm calling on you to support Rep. Jayapal's request for those rules, but also to sanction those responsible for a culture of reckless, anti-science behavior and the continued engagement of all members of Congress. I would ask that the members of the safe room who refused to wear masks and mocked colleagues who offered to help be censured. If a member is successfully censured and has committee membership, I'd like them to be stripped of their committee assignments for endangering the lives of their colleagues, Democrat and Republican. I would like a broad resolution of reprimand passed denouncing this behavior via a simple majority vote, regardless of who may be individually sanctioned. If colleagues were especially egregious, I would like an expulsion vote to remain on the table in the future. Thank you for your time and stay safe.

First sent on January 12 by Pierce

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