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House Panel Upholds $500 Mask Fines for 3 GOP Lawmakers

Three Republican House lawmakers lost their appeals on Tuesday after being rejected by the House Ethics Committee over $500 fines for not wearing their masks on the House floor. The three lawmakers, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) were previously fined in May for repeatedly choosing to not wear their masks, defying the House floor mask mandate that were put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in June 2020 amid the ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. They filed appeals in mid-June. In May, Pelosi continued to require that masks be worn on the House floor even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had updated its guidance to say that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.” Brian Monahan, the Capitol’s attending physician, wrote in May after the new CDC guidance that “mask requirement …

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