GOP members of the House refused to follow rules set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., mandating masks on the House floor Tuesday. At least one was threatened with a fine.
The CDC issued new guidance last week saying that masks are not necessary for fully vaccinated people in most circumstances. While the White House followed by lifting its mask requirement, the House did not.
Just two days before, Pelosi had relaxed mask guidance so that members could take their face covering off when they were recognized to speak on the floor.
Meanwhile, there is no mask rule in the Senate chamber.
During debate on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., was seated behind Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, as he was speaking. Mast confirmed to Fox News that a member of the House Sergeant at Arms (SAA) staff approached him about not wearing a mask, and Mast said he would not be putting one on. Mast told Fox News that the House SAA staffer told him he is subject to a fine.
Mast, who was fined Tuesday $500 for not wearing a mask, told Fox News he has been fully vaccinated.
During a vote later in the afternoon, several members coud be seen without masks on the floor in a photo posted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. “Masks are oppressive and nothing but a political tool. End the oppression!” she wrote on Twitter.
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