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House GOP: Too late for Democrats to ‘trust the science’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day after a deadly bombing at the Kabul airport, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., calls for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the House back from recess so lawmakers can vote on legislation that would prohibit withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan until all remaining Americans are evacuated, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On the day after a deadly bombing at the Kabul airport, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., calls for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the House back from recess so lawmakers can vote on legislation that would prohibit withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan until all remaining Americans are evacuated, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Republicans are ramping up criticism of face mask mandates for schools that are supported by some Democrat officials. In a statement on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said it’s too late for Democrats to “trust the science” because their policies have been discredited as “unscientific.”

“Stacy Abrams visited a classroom in Georgia without a mask while every child around her, as you could see, wore their mask,” explained the California lawmaker. “As my colleague said, this photo is not science, this photo is political science.”

Republicans on the House Rules Committee also called to support a bill to unmask school children proposed by congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa).

“One, schools can not receive federal dollars if they enact wide reaching mask mandates,” said the Iowa representative. “They have to allow parents to decide whether their child will wear at mask at school. And two, parents have to have an in-person learning option. Schools must offer an in-person learning option. Our kids deserve normalcy, they deserve a chance to learn in-person, they deserve a chance to play with their friends at recess.”

McCarthy said Democrats want people to believe they “trust the science,” but in reality they are just playing politics and don’t follow their own rules.

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