WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi stated that she and the rest of Congress would receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the vast majority of the American people:

“Leaders eat last; it’s one of the first lessons a soldier learns as early as basic training. Speaker Pelosi apparently never learned this lesson—asking Americans to wait to get vaccinated while Congress cuts the line is the opposite of leadership. Congress needs to stop treating itself as a special political class, and the mere suggestion that Members of Congress are in any way more important than the very people who gave us the privilege of serving in Congress is appalling. Being for the people must always mean putting the people before ourselves, which is why every single American should be able to access the coronavirus vaccine before any Member of Congress.”

You can read the full announcement about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for Members of Congress here.