Pelosi cancels Independence Day concert, extends pandemic House rules

At this point, America is back to normal. Though many of us have felt “normal” for longer than others, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — even after a majority of the country has been vaccinated against COVID-19 — seemingly isn’t quite ready to relinquish her newfound control.

As Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) pointed out in a Washington Examiner op-ed, Pelosi is apparently treating Capitol Hill and the events that take place in the nation’s capital on Independence Day weekend as if we’re still in week three of the pandemic, complete with opting to cancel a traditional in-person concert, which will be replaced by “virtual” concerts.

“What could have been a unifying celebration of our Independence Day and defeat of COVID-19 will instead be virtual performances streamed online,” Davis wrote.

For months, Americans have overwhelmingly ditched the masks and have resumed pre-pandemic life. For Pelosi and many other high-profile Democrats, it means the end of the control that comes along with the fearmongering tactics they’ve employed for far too long.

As Davis suggested, they’re scared to death of losing their extended, self-appointed powers and control, which looks to mean that they’ll savor every last drop of control that they possibly can.

That control also includes a one-month extension of the proxy voting rules established for the pandemic, which many lawmakers argue is now totally unnecessary.

“Yet, according to the Office of Attending Physician, 84% of members of Congress have been vaccinated. The CDC has said it’s safe for vaccinated people to travel, and Pelosi has confirmed a 100% vaccination rate for her caucus. So why is Pelosi continuing to operate the House like we’re still at the height of the pandemic?” Davis wrote.

The Illinois Republican went on to point out that Pelosi is likely extending proxy voting as it offers extra insurance for any legislation she wants to ensure doesn’t fall through the cracks due to her record-setting thin majority in the House. Prior to the proxy voting, when everything was normal, even one absence of a Democratic lawmaker on an important vote was detrimental.

All we can hope for at this point is that Republicans sweep the House in the 2022 midterms and finally put an end to all of Pelosi’s asinine rules. Until then, don’t be surprised if she quietly continues to extend what should have been temporary rules in order to maintain her grip on the lower chamber.