May 20, 2021

Congressman Massie Defies Pelosi Mask Order

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky joined a handful of other House Republicans who refused to wear their masks under Pelosi’s House rules. The representatives could face $500 fines or more if they continue. 

The Background:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was recently pressured by over 30 House Republicans to relax the House rules on mask-wearing in light of the CDC’s recently updated guidelines. 

Pelosi ignored the Republicans’ request to return to normal House rules and issued a statement reiterating the $500 fine for a first offense and a $2500 fine for each subsequent offense. 

In an act of freedom, a handful of House Republicans including Massie of Kentucky, Boebert of Colorado, Greene of Georgia, and others attended a vote on the House floor without their masks on.

Massie tweeted his disgust about Pelosi’s rules, saying, “We’ve had enough. We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us. Her rule is not based on science.”

Seven Representatives, including Massie, were given warnings, while 3 more were actually fined $500 under the House Rules.

Notable Quotes: 

“All you need to know is the mask rule has only ever applied to members when they can be seen on TV!” - Rep. Thomas Massie

“I can’t hear you with your mask on.” - Rep. Massie to Democratic Representative

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