House Members To Be Fined For Not Wearing Face Masks
The house is set to pass a rule Tuesday night that will fine lawmakers hundreds of dollars for refusing to wear a face mask on the floor.
The first violation of the rule will result in a fine of $ 500 and the second time a fine of $ 2,500. The money will be deducted from their salary.
A House Democrats adviser who shared the plans said the move would be part of a procedural vote when the chamber convenes again Tuesday evening to review the resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment, in which the President is declared incapacitated.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Introduced a mask mandate for the floor of the House of Representatives in June, which has not yet resulted in a fine.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaks at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Three Democratic lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19 after being incarcerated with GOP colleagues who refused to wear masks during the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol. These Democrats have accused Republicans of spreading the virus, although it remains unclear whether they actually infected it that way.
When a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump passed the building, officials stormed a number of lawmakers, reporters, and staff to a sheltered, unknown location.
More than 100 people were in the room together for several hours, a source told HuffPost. At least nine members of the Republican House did not wear masks for a long time, according to the legislature's source and video.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Who announced her positive diagnosis on Tuesday, has blown up the “selfish idiocy” of her maskless colleagues and has demanded “heavy fines ... against every single member who refuses to take one in the Capitol Wearing mask. ”
If there is another floor change in the house after the January 6th events, everyone - including the members themselves - will have to go through metal detectors before entering the chamber.
"Magnetometers will be installed at selected entrances to the chamber," wrote acting Sergeant Timothy Blodgett in a memo to the legislature and its staff on Tuesday. “If the inspection is not completed or prohibited items are not carried, this can result in access to the chamber being denied. Members are reminded that according to the Firearms Regulations received on Opening Day, firearms are restricted to a member's office. "
The decision to force members to go through metal detectors before stepping on the ground is a change of historic significance. Since the beginning of Congress, lawmakers have been exempt from the same safety protocols that apply to the general public.
But with some members swearing to bear guns in the District of Columbia - in violation of the law - the House is taking this unprecedented move.
Democratic members at a security briefing on Monday voiced concern that lawmakers may enter the house or attend next week's inauguration without going through a magnetometer. The house took quick action on Tuesday, placing metal detectors on the floor outside a number of entrances.
Rep. Jayapal tests positive for COVID-19 after protection with unmasked GOP colleagues
House Democrats reprimand Republicans for helping stir up riot
Joint Chiefs of Staff issue Memo condemning the Capitol uprising
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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