Members of Congress visited The Big Board in Northeast, Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night in support of its stand against the city’s COVID-19 mandates.
The bar, co-owned by Eric Flannery, has refused to enforce the district’s new vaccine card mandate for entry, according to WUSA. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and other members of Congress visited the bar Tuesday, videos and pictures show.
Republican Reps. Tim Burchett of Tennesse, Victoria Spartz of Indiana, Ronny Jackson of Texas and Kevin Hern of Oklahoma also came out in support.
Spartz slammed the city vaccine mandate, calling it ‘”Soviet-style” in a tweet Tuesday night.
Democratic Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the mandate Jan. 15, ordering all businesses to require patrons 12 years and older to provide proof of receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, the mandate requires masks to be worn indoors, only to be removed while eating or drinking.
The Big Board had its liquor license suspended Jan. 28 by Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), which claimed that the bar was not enforcing the mandate’s vaccine card entry or mask rules, according to Fox News.
On Tuesday night, Flannery appeared to break down and said he knows he’s “doing the right thing” by keeping the bar open, despite the vaccine mandate.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.