Three Republican representatives filed a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after receiving mask-related fines of $500 each. The House leadership fined Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Ralph Norman (SC) for not wearing masks on the House floor.
Back-and-forth for Mask-related Issues
The suit is the latest among mask-related tiffs between Democrats and Republicans. The plaintiffs requested the US District Court to determine the fines' constitutionality. They also asked the court to bar the House from imposing the fines.
Last week, the House Ethics Committee announced it will uphold mask-related fines against violators. However, Greene protested the requirement to wear masks on the House floor. Earlier, Democrats voted to impose fines on those caught not wearing masks while in session. The agreed fines were $500 for the first offense and $2,500 for the second offense.
CDC Said Masks Aren’t Necessary Indoors
The GOP lawmakers protested that their mask-related fines are unnecessary. They said the federal government already lifted mask mandates.
Last May the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most settings. By June, the mandate received an update. The newer guidance said that unvaccinated or “vaccination-indeterminate” Americans should wear a mask.
Norman said he already took the vaccine. Massie disclosed he chose not to get vaccines as he already tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. However, Green declined to say whether she’s already vaccinated.
Standing Up Against Abuse
The plaintiffs argued that their protest in May did not constitute “disorderly behavior”. It said that the protest “did not disrupt the House’s operations or good order, nor is it otherwise unlawful conduct”.
In addition, the suit insisted that imposing the fine constitutes a violation of the First Amendment and the 27th Amendment. They said that there is no law varying the compensation for House members and senators.
Expounding on their reason for their lawsuit, Greene said they are standing up to prevent abuse. “We are filing this federal lawsuit because our rights have been violated and they violated the 27th Amendment by fining us for not wearing masks on the House floor.
And the reason why we're doing this is that people all over this country are being segregated and discriminated against with masks and vaccines. And it's very important for us as members of Congress to stand up against this abuse so that people back at home can do the same thing,” Greene said.
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