Six House Republicans have been fined $500 for going maskless in the chamber — with two members docked the money after they trashed letters warning them to comply with guidelines about face-coverings on the ground.
Around a dozen GOP lawmakers opted to maintain their masks off throughout votes Tuesday, with some making some extent to face in the properly of the House chamber to make sure that spectators, colleagues and the C-SPAN cameras couldn’t miss them.
House guidelines dictate that members should hold their faces lined in the chamber besides when talking throughout debates. Failure to comply with the rule outcomes in a fine of $500 for a primary offense and $2,500 for a second offense.
Following Tuesday’s show, seven House Republicans obtained an preliminary warning letter from the House Sergeant-at-Arms about carrying masks: Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Chip Roy of Texas, Bob Good of Virginia, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Mary Miller of Illinois.
Three others had been initially fined: Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas).
However, Massie and Taylor Greene broadcast their defiance Wednesday, with Massie tweeting an image of the warning letter in his workplace trash can.
“Just filed @SpeakerPelosi’s letter warning me to follow her mask rule,” he wrote.
Taylor Greene, who posed for a cheerful selfie with a few of her unmasked colleagues Tuesday, took her rejection of the warning to a different stage, posting a video in which she ran the letter by an workplace shredder.
“You can’t discriminate against people simply because they won’t wear a mask,” she mentioned in the video, “and today, I refused to wear a mask on the House floor and I received a warning from Speaker Pelosi that leads to fines if I continue to refuse to wear a mask. Well, here’s what I think of your warning, Speaker Pelosi.”
The tweet was accompanied by the hashtag, “#FreeYourFace”.
Massie, Taylor Greene and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) had been subsequently fined $500. Massie tweeted Thursday that he had filed the letter notifying him of his fine “in the same location as the first.”
Pelosi has mentioned she is not going to elevate the masks rule till all House members and flooring workers are absolutely vaccinated. Republicans say the rule runs counter to new CDC guidance stating absolutely vaccinated folks can go with out masks indoors or out. They level to the truth that the rule solely applies to the House chamber and never elsewhere in the Capitol complicated.
The Speaker estimates that round 75 % of House members have been vaccinated and described the rest Thursday as “an endangerment to other people, including staff people here.”
“We have a responsibility to make sure the House of Representatives’ chamber is not a petri dish,” Pelosi added. “Until they are vaccinated, we cannot have meetings without masks.”
Van Duyne informed Fox News Thursday evening that Pelosi’s rule was “dishonest and arbitrary.”
“The only time that Pelosi and her socialists really seem to care about the science is when they can use it as a weapon to control the American people,” she informed “Hannity.” You’ve seen them use it to have the ability to shut colleges and to maintain companies closed and to make folks extra depending on the federal government. You have seen them ignore science relating to masks once they can proceed to manage folks, to stoke concern and make them obey … They proceed to stoke this concern, and I received to the purpose the place I simply mentioned, ‘Forget it. I’m finished. I’m finished.’”
With Post Wires