Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) and two other Republican lawmakers are suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) after they were fined $500 each for not wearing a mask on the House floor .
Greene, joined Tuesday by Thomas Massey (R-Ky.) and Ralph Norman (RSC), announced a federal lawsuit saying Pelosi violated his 27th Amendment rights by calling them an “unconstitutional mask rule.” “
Three lawmakers were fined in May for defying the House floor mask mandate implemented by Pelosi in June last year.
Lawmakers said at the time that face coverings were “oppressive” and “nothing but a political tool”. They refused to wear masks on the floor of the House after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the CCP (Communist Party of China) said. ) illness caused by a virus, was not usually required to wear a mask or social distance for long periods of time.
Previous CDC guidance recommended that people wear masks if they were within six feet of others outside, regardless of their vaccination status.
He filed an appeal for the fine in mid-June, but lost after being dismissed by the House Ethics Committee last week.
While the House mask mandate is no longer in effect, lawmakers were fined before that rule was removed.
The refusal of lawmakers to wear their masks on the floor of the House was “an expression of the symbolic speech that is constitutionally protected by the First Amendment,” he said. their case.
The lawsuit says they “engaged in symbolic protest speeches” on the House floor without masks.
“This protest speech was a protest against the double standard being applied by the defendants, the well-established beliefs shared by the plaintiffs that mask wearing is not scientifically based, that mask wearing is essential for vaccination or naturally occurring immunity. No, that wearing a mask is merely a political theatre, that one’s physical integrity should be free from government control, that individuals should have the freedom to choose what they wear on their face, and that individuals should be allowed to make their own medical decisions. should be free.
Massey said in a statement On Twitter on Tuesday, Pelosi “violated the explicit language of the 27th Amendment when she implemented the mask rules.”
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.
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