Mask Fines For House Members Put In Place By Speaker Pelosi Facing GOP Lawmakers
A handful of GOP House members have banded together and filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District of Columbia against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi due to fines imposed for not wearing a mask in the chamber amid coronavirus social distancing rules.
This is exactly the course of action these folks should be taking. We simply cannot allow this sort of tyranny to exist in our country. It’s all about control with the left.
Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina announced Monday their lawsuit against not just the speaker but also House Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker and Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor.
“We are fighting this fight because if they can get away with this in Congress, they’ll do the same things to our kids when they go back to school, they’ll do the same things to hard working Americans in their workplaces, and they’ll do the same things to our soldiers,” Massie went on to say in a statement. “We are standing up to Pelosi for the American people who are tired of mask mandates, vaccine coercion, and violations of basic constitutional rights.”
The lawmakers argue in their suit that the “defendants improperly chose to fine Plaintiffs through an imminent reduction in their compensation. Plaintiffs, all of whom are members of Congress belonging to the minority party, engaged in the symbolic speech of not wearing a mask on the Congressional floor in defiance.”
The 27th Amendment of the Constitution was violated in this particular case, according to the plaintiffs, “as an anti-corruption measure designed to prevent Congress from increasing, decreasing, or limiting compensation as a cudgel against political opponents,” and that the defendants used the reduction of plaintiffs’ “compensation without an intervening election as a cudgel against Plaintiffs, who are all political opponents of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
“The GOP lawmakers also argue that Article I, Section 5, only allows Congress to punish disorderly behavior as well as a claim that compensation for members of Congress must be set by ‘law’ and the mask rules in question are not a ‘law,'” the report from the Washington Examiner says.
Finally, the Republican plaintiffs say in their suit that their First Amendment rights were violated by the House speaker because her mask rule “serves as an example of unconstitutional compelled speech. Furthermore, the mask rule is being enforced in a partisan and viewpoint.”
“Each GOP lawmaker lost their appeals to the House Ethics Committee last week when they challenged their fines to the panel. The trio argued in June to the committee, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, that the mandate did not correspond with the recent federal guidance on face coverings during the pandemic,” the report continues.
The committee has already rejected the appeals a week after the CDC issued some guidance saying that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.”
Again, this is all about control. The left has gained a lot of political power through the use of mask mandates and they aren’t ready to let that go. They never will be.