Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been fined not less than $48,000 for violating House guidelines on masks sporting as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Congressmembers are fined $500 for his or her first masks violation, and $2,500 for every subsequent one. Greene’s first violation was in May and she or he has continued to flout the foundations not less than 20 occasions.
The 4 newest violations took place in late September, the House Ethics Committee stated in a press release. The fines are deducted from lawmakers’ congressional pay, which sits at $174,000 every year.
Greene addressed the fines on Tuesday, telling media that she was standing “against authoritarian Democratic mandates, because I don’t want the American people to stand alone.”
“Why do I get fined for not wearing a mask when I’m sitting in a chair on the House floor the same as people eating unmasked at a restaurant?” she requested afterward Twitter.
The House first instituted masks mandates on the chamber ground final 12 months and imposed hefty fines in January within the midst of the virus’ unfold, which has continued all through this 12 months even with vaccines now extensively out there. Face coverings have turn out to be a flashpoint amongst many conservative lawmakers, regardless that medical consultants have lengthy stated they’re an effective measure for limiting the unfold of COVID-19.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has kept the mask mandates in place, other than a quick pause in mid-June, even when lawmakers are totally vaccinated. The highly-transmissible delta variant prompted Pelosi to reinstate the necessities by July.
The Senate has not required masks on the chamber ground, however they’re strongly inspired.