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7 GOP lawmakers fined over ignoring masks rules on House floor

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Seven Republican representatives have been fined for not wearing masks on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Chip Roy (Texas), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Beth Van Duyne (Texas) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa) are the GOP lawmakers who have been fined by the House Ethics Committee for ignoring the mask requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of these seven representatives, except for Marjorie Taylor Greene, were fined $500 since it was their first offense.

Since Greene was previously fined $500 in May for ignoring mask rules, she was fined $2,500.

Although the lawmakers are allowed to file appeals, none of them did so.

“Filing an appeal to tyrannical overlords is a futile gesture, and — if successful — would leave one without standing to sue, should the mood arise,” Roy said in a statement.

Most House Republicans are opposed to the Covid-19 protocols in Congress, put in place amid a new surge in infections in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

The Capitol Hill’s physician Brian Monahan issued a new mandate for the House members in late July, forcing them to wear face masks, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendation that vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks in indoor spaces.

Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats have supported the policy, with Pelosi telling reporters, "It's (the) decision of the Capitol physician, who is following the guidance of the CDC about the masks."

Republicans, however, argued that the policy infringes on personal liberty, describing it as inconsistent which is based on politics, not science.

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