The United States’ Committee on Ethics The House of Representatives rejected three Republican legislators’ appeals against fines for not wearing masks on the House floor on Tuesday.
The committee individually notified Republican Reps. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia that “a majority of the Committee did not agree to the appeal.”
The three lawmakers were among many Republican House members penalised in May for not wearing a facial covering on the House floor in protest of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) regulation introduced last summer to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Following the United States’ withdrawal from the World Trade Organization in January, Republican lawmakers defied the rule, which came with a $500 fine. On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended their guidance, stating that those who have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask indoors or outside in most situations.
Greene with Norman, Massie and Republican Illinois Rep. Mary Miller posed with wide grins without masks for a selfie on May 18 from the floor.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 18, 2021
“Masks are oppressive and nothing but a political tool,” Greene said in the caption accompanying the tweet. “End the oppression!”
Greene, Norman and Massie were fined May 20, which they individually appealed last month.
Norman, in his appeal, said he voted on the House floor without wearing a mask “because I was following the direction of our nation’s top scientists that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to war a mask.”
Massie and Greene in their identical appeals called the fine “arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion and otherwise not consistent with law or with principles of fairness,” accusing the mask mandate of not being aligned with science.