(LibertySociety.com) – Last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) imposed a mask mandate. In May, a group of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), staged a protest against the mandate and refused to mask up. Pelosi fined them for their efforts to change the rules, and now she has ordered them to pay.
On July 20, the House Committee on Ethics released identical statements upholding $500 fines levied against Republican Reps. Greene, Thomas Massie (KY), and Ralph Norman (SC). The lawmakers argued their appeal to the committee, saying the mask mandate shouldn’t have applied to them because the CDC has said fully-vaccinated people don’t need to wear them. A majority of the committee, evenly split between parties, did not agree with the lawmakers’ appeals. Rep. Greene had argued the mask mandate violated her Constitutional rights, specifically the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 27th Amendments.
Just in: House Ethics denies Marjorie Taylor Greene's appeal against her fine for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) July 20, 2021
Greene objected to the committee’s Democrats’ participation in the decision because some of them had voted to expel her previously. She told reporters, “If they’re signing a resolution to expel me, then they shouldn’t be the people voting on the committee. I think that’s definitely a conflict of interest.”
The Ethics Committee previously upheld fines against the other participants in the May protest. Reps. Beth Van Duyne (TX), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA), and Brian Mast (FL) were all fined $500 as well.
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