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Marjorie Taylor Greene Attacks “Hypocrite” Nancy Pelosi Over Mask Fines

Marjorie Taylor Greene Attacks “Hypocrite” Nancy Pelosi Over Mask Fines

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the significant fines she’s being forced to pay for repeated violations of House rules. She says her fines have already exceeded $60k, but that she only wears a mask to fly (though photos of her in D.C. contradict this), and calls the fully-vaccinated Pelosi a hypocrite for enforcing the rule.

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In a pair of tweets Monday morning, Greene lashed out, admitting that she’s not vaccinated against COVID-19 and that she fully refuses to follow the rules in place in the House of Representatives. She declared mask rules unconstitutional, although the Congressional Institute affirms that the House Speaker has the right, even outside of a public health crisis, to impose rules defining ‘proper attire’ and to forbid anyone to enter House Chambers without it, even if she deems that ‘proper attire’ includes a mask.

Greene says that Pelosi is a hypocrite, providing imagery of the Speaker with her mask lowered while talking as proof.

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According to Roll Call, House rules shifted earlier this year to require masks only for the unvaccinated, then shifted back as the Delta variant hit, in fact expanding to require masks not only in House Chambers but in halls of the House, as well as in committee meetings and in offices with others present.

However, there are exceptions, such as when recognized by the House Chair to speak.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in July when Greene, along with Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Ralph Norman (R-SC), initially filed their lawsuit, that they allege the fines are a ‘decrease in salary,’ since they’re deducted from paychecks. The 27th Amendment to the Constitution says that increases and decreases in House salary must be done by vote.

However, fining House Representatives for defiance of rules isn’t new — House of Representatives Archives has a history of discipline and punishment in the legislative body, describing fines, reprimand, censure, and even expulsion from the House as disciplinary measures that have been on the table since the House Ethics Committee was formed in the 19602.

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