The GOP’s defense is that it hasn’t changed anything or added restrictions, but is just trying to get everyone in compliance with existing rules.
From The Hill article:
"…what happened earlier in the day was an “arbitrary enforcement of a rule that is against common practice”"
So now the uproar is being called proof of the ridiculous Fake News spread by the MSM. Nice play.
This is the problem with having rules on the books that aren’t (or in other cases can’t reasonably be) enforced. They’re just sitting there waiting for the authoritarian regime to come make use of them.
Edit to fix typo.