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Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks

Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks
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They’re not regular members of Congress. They’re cool, mask-wearing members of Congress.

Democratic lawmakers launched an initiative Wednesday to promote the use of face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic inspired by the movie “Mean Girls.”

“Excited to launch the #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink masks campaign today. I encourage all my colleagues to participate and support wearing masks to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. It's going to be so fetch!” Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief House Democrats run late ads defending vulnerable DCCC chair House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education MORE (D-Wash.), who is leading the initiative, tweeted Wednesday.

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Dozens of Democratic lawmakers shared their own photos donning a pink mask or supporting the initiative on Wednesday, with some making their own jokes about the hit 2004 film.

“We all need to take responsibility for protecting our communities from COVID-19. The best action you can take yourself? #WearAMask. #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted Wednesday.

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“On Wednesdays, we wear pink… Don’t be mean. #WearAMask,” House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerFunding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Hoyer releases 2021 House calendar Democrats eye Dec. 11 exit for House due to COVID-19 MORE (D-Md.) tweeted. 

“I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom because I #WearAMask,” Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathMaloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race MORE shared (D-Ga.)

 

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Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington county warns of at least 17 positive tests after 300-person wedding The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down Washington state issues sweeping restrictions to combat coronavirus surge MORE (D) also supported the initiative Wednesday.

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DelBene told ABC News that she and her staff wanted “to make it fun to wear one,” 

“It’s about helping your community, helping your neighbor,” the Washington lawmaker told the outlet.

She noted that she has passed out masks to several of her colleagues in the House. The Democratic Women’s Caucus, which includes all 90 Democratic women lawmakers in the House, is also helping to share the campaign.

DelBene said she hopes the campaign will “encourage younger folks to wear masks” amid recent findings from health departments across the country that younger people are making up larger shares of those infected with COVID-19.

“We know that more of the recent cases have disproportionally been younger people, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” DelBene told ABC News.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE on Monday for the first time tweeted a photograph of himself wearing a mask, describing the practice a patriotic act as the pandemic continues.

Trump for months resisted wearing a mask or face covering in public. He publicly wore one during a trip to Walter Reed earlier this month.

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.