New GOP Reps Boycott WH Event Over COVID Rules

Axios reports:

Several House Republicans are declining invitations to attend a White House reception for freshman House members on Tuesday evening in protest of the event’s COVID rules.

“I am forgoing a historic trip to the White House to raise awareness of this punitive policy in hopes that President Biden will reverse it and other arbitrary, outdated, and unscientific restrictions across the federal system,” said Rep. Nick LaLota.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna [photo] is declining for the same reason. “Rep. Luna will not be attending. Even the CDC has recognized that COVID is no longer a pandemic,” her spokesperson Edie Heipel told Axios.

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Members are required to produce a negative COVID test 24 hours in advance and present either proof of vaccination or mask up.