House Democrats are implementing a new edict proposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that will fine any member of Congress who does not wear a mask.
The first offense will cost a member $500. The second will carry a $2,500 fine. Fines cannot be paid from campaign funds or expense accounts.
In addition, the House Office Building Commisssion will be immediately considering the implementation of a similar fine system for non-compliance in office buildings.
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) January 12, 2021
Forced mask-wearing has become a Democratic demand after last Wednesday’s Capitol incursion, according to USA Today.
In an Op-Ed in The Washington Post, Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said Republicans who did not wear masks during last week’s Capitol lockdown bear all the blame for the fact that she recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
“When I say that many Republicans are responsible for what happened to me, to others and to the country last week, I mean their essential failure to accept facts led us here. Much like they should be able to accept the results of an election, elected leaders should be able to accept facts like the efficacy of masks. It’s clearly time for a congressional campuswide mask requirement, enforced by the House and Senate sergeants at arms,” she wrote.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington took to Twitter to blame Republicans for her positive test.
“Republicans refused to wear masks and mocked us for doing so—creating a superspreader event on top of a deadly attack. Now I’m among those who have COVID after sheltering with them. They put lives at risk. Fine members who refuse to wear a mask and remove them from the floor,” she tweeted.
“Now up to THREE reps who tested + after being locked in a room where Republicans refused to wear a mask and mocked those who offered one. I’m worried for the health of my colleagues. How many more will fall ill? There must be consequences for those who treated this like a joke,” she also tweeted.
Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois was also livid with Republicans.
We can no longer tolerate Members coming to the floor or gathering in the halls of Congress without doing the bare minimum to protect those around them.
— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) January 12, 2021
Democratic Reps. Anthony Brown of Maryland and Debbie Dingell of Michigan had proposed hitting members with $1,000 fines per day through the duration of the pandemic for not wearing a mask.
This is an excerpt from The Western Journal.
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