GOP Lawmakers Dine At DC Mandate Scofflaw Burger Joint, City Officials Shut The Place Down Shortly After

The Washingtonian reports:

The DC health department officially shut down H Street bar and burger joint the Big Board Tuesday night, days after its liquor license was suspended for repeated violations of DC’s indoor mask and vaccine mandates. Stripped of its ability to sell alcohol, the business had continued operating with only food.

Four Republican members of Congress—Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, Tim Burchett, and Victoria Spartz—made appearances at the Big Board after health inspectors posted a big yellow closure notice on its door, the Washington Examiner reported. The lawmakers and others indulged in some burgers and fries anyway.

“I’m incredibly proud of him. I’m very supportive of what he’s doing, because he’s saying my individual liberty is worth the price of me even losing my business,” Paul told the Daily Signal. The senator also tweeted out fundraising pages for the Big Board to his 3.5 million followers.

Reason reports:

Both Paul and Massie tell Reason that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s enforcement of the mandates was illegitimate.  “Congress has allowed you to make these rules, and you’ve shown yourself unsuitable,” says Massie.

When asked what message he had for Bowser, Paul says she should be impeached. “We have a bill in the House and the Senate to take away the authority to enforce these mandates,” he says.