Gathered behind Greene were Reps. Mary Miller of Illinois, Ralph Norman of South Carolina and Kentucky’s Thomas Massie.
House Republicans last week sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that she rescind the mask mandate on the floor of the chamber. The California Democrat has refused because some 25 percent of the House – all Republicans – remains unvaccinated. Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that with few exceptions it’s okay for vaccinated Americans to go without a mask indoors.
Some members of the GOP caucus falsely claim they don’t need to get a vaccine because they have antibodies from having contracted COVID-19. Others simply fall into the anti-vaxxer camp.
Three Republican lawmakers — Brian Mast (Fla.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), a physician, and Beth Van Duyne (Tex.) — face $500 fines for breaking the rules, a Capitol official told The Washington Post. All three were fined because this was the second time they defied the mask mandate. Seven other Republicans were issued a first warning: given a first offense warning for not wearing a mask on the House floor on Tuesday included Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, Massie, Miller, and Greene, along with Rep. Chip Roy (Tex.), Rep. Bob Good (Va.), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tex.).
Some of them crowed about being fined. “I have been fined $500 by @SpeakerPelosi for following CDC guidance,” Mast later tweeted. “This was never about science. It has always been about power.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who also had a lengthy exchange with Greene, Massie and Boebert, told Forbes he “got into it” with the lawmakers, telling them they were “doing the House a disservice and the country a disservice” and that “if all of us got vaccinated, we could all take our masks off.”