House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attracted mixed reviews for implementing a pandemic-related rule under which members of Congress could be fined for not wearing a facemask.
Three Republican lawmakers are now fighting the controversial rule in court.
“The principle is broader”
According to the Washington Times, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Ralph Norman (R-SC) filed suit in D.C.’s district court on Tuesday.
“We’re 18 months into this, and they’re still trying to use emergency executive power instead of going back to legislatures and passing laws,” Massie declared. “It’s about the principle, but the principle is broader. It’s the whole country.”
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that Pelosi does not have the constitutional authority to levy fines by deducting money out of representatives’ paychecks.
“The 27th Amendment is, at its heart, an anti-corruption measure, designed to prevent Congress from increasing, decreasing or limiting compensation as a cudgel against political opponents,” the GOP lawmakers argued. “Despite this clear and unequivocal prohibition, that is precisely what occurred in this matter.”
For her part, Greene insisted that there is a double standard involved in how the mask mandate is being enforced.
“No intelligence from any source”
“It’s nothing but a big show,” she insisted. “It’s not about COVID at all. It’s about [Pelosi] having the gavel on her hand, and her being able to control everybody on the cameras.”
Pelosi is also facing a GOP lawsuit by Reps. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who are challenging her demand that lawmakers pass through metal detectors on Capitol Hill.
“The installation of magnetometers at the House Chamber door and the charging of a fine is a blatant attempt to bully House Members and disrupt good order for the purpose of political ‘optics,'” Gohmert asserted.
He went on to cite acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, who stated in February that “there was no intelligence from any source that any Member of House of Representatives was a threat to any other Member of the House.”
Gohmert and Clyde agree that the rule is being disproportionately applied to Republicans and cited examples of Democrats being given a pass.