House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has made it clear that she will show no tolerance to lawmakers who fail to comply with her COVID-19 restrictions.
That policy was on display this week when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was assessed a fine for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor.
“Did not file an appeal”
According to USA Today, the Office of the Sergeant at Arms ordered the freshman legislator to pay $2,500 after she was caught without a mask on Aug. 2.
The outlet noted that it was not the first time Greene was found in violation of the mask requirement, which was first implemented in Jan.
She incurred a $500 fine for the same infraction on May 20. Although the Georgia Republican initiated a failed appeal with the House Ethics Committee following the first fine, she reportedly made no such appeal in response to the latest offense.
In a statement on Wednesday, the panel wrote that it “received a notification” from the sergeant at arms regarding the fine, noting that Greene “did not file an appeal … prior to the expiration of the time period specified” in the applicable House rule.
Another statement released on the same day confirmed that Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) was also being fined for a violation of the mask rule. He indicated a desire to fight the decision but explained that he would prefer to do so in court rather than through what he described as an unfair appeals process.
“Without standing to sue”
“Filing an appeal to tyrannical overlords is a futile gesture, and — if successful — would leave one without standing to sue, should the mood arise,” Roy said.
Pelosi has handed down other controversial rules, including a mandate that members of Congress pass through a metal detector before entering the House chamber.
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) have filed a lawsuit over that rule.
Both lawmakers point to examples in which Democrats were apparently allowed to enter without being scanned, suggesting the requirement is being unfairly enforced along partisan lines.
Greene is one of three lawmakers who filed suit in response to the mask mandate, which, according to a lawyer for the trio, represents “an attempt to prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, medicine, and science, despite a deep divide over these issues of opinion.”