The news angered House Democrats and prompted Speaker Nancy Pelosi to order the wearing of masks on the chamber floor - with punishment of removal for anyone disobeying.
"I wear masks to protect older people".
He is at least the 10th member of Congress known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. "I was left feeling guilty for teleworking even though I have an underlying health condition".
"A lot of people have made a big deal out of my not wearing a mask a whole lot, but in the last week or two I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months", Mr Gohmert told the KETK television network. "But when you look at all the symptoms of COVID-19, I didn't have any of them".
"I'm self-quarantining until I take a test and then again until results are in".
"But I know, moving the mask around, getting it to sit just right, I'm bound to have put some virus on the mask that I sucked in, that's most likely what's happened". He also reportedly berates his own staff for wearing masks.
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Typically contracts are signed years in advance and if a school breaches within 12 months of the game there is a healthy fine. With the ACC's decision, Georgia's only way to play Virginia would've been to travel to Charlottesville, Virginia.
"There is a general fear that saying anything critical of the current office policy - or lack of policy - will lead to retaliation", an aide said to Politico.
Anti-mask and anti-gay Texan lawmaker Louie Gohmert sent shudders through the Republican Party Wednesday (July 29) after announcing that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Louie Gohmert has COVID-19 has produced a torrent of unhappy comments from congressional staffers on conditions in their offices. Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he has not seen O'Brien "in a while". Some members do not always abide by the rule. Several Republican staff aides for the natural resources panel also planned to quarantine, a spokesman said. "I don't understand", McCarthy said.
Many of those lawmakers who didn't consistently wear masks represent states that are now coronavirus hot spots, including Texas, Arizona and Florida.
His diagnosis also revived urgent questions about whether it was safe for Congress - with its 100 senators and 435 representatives, many of them over 65 and thus at higher risk for the virus - to continue to meet amid the pandemic, and whether lawmakers were taking sufficient precautions. If everyone who has had the virus starts acting with the belief they are immune, it could cause significant problems down the line.
As recently as Tuesday, Gohmert participated in multiple committee hearings on Capitol Hill, at times without a mask.
According to health experts, masks help prevent transmission of the highly contagious virus, but have become a symbol of America's bitter political divide, with some Republicans, including Gohmert, shunning them after President Donald Trump long refused to wear one in public.