Story at a glance
- Marjorie Taylor Greene said Wednesday her refusal to wear masks in Congress has led to nearly $90,000 in fines.
- The first-term representative told Newsmax, amid rising COVID-19 cases within Congress, she chooses not to wear masks to practice what she preaches.
- The House approved a resolution in January 2020 requiring members to wear masks on the floor.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Wednesday her refusal to wear masks in Congress has led to nearly $90,000 in fines.
The first-term representative told Newsmax she chooses not to wear masks on the House floor to accurately reflect the will of her constituents and to practice what she preaches.
“I’m up to almost $90,000 in fines on the House floor because I believe as a representative, in order to represent the people, I have to be willing to do it myself. So, that’s why I don’t wear a mask. I’m just trying to fight the fight for the people who are against it.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene brags “I take the fines on the House floor. I’m up to almost $90,000 in fines” pic.twitter.com/I39RjjU1eg
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) January 5, 2022
House rules fine members for not wearing masks $500 for a first offense and $2,500 for subsequent offenses.
But Greene, who is unvaccinated, was adamant in her claims that masks are ineffective at protecting against the transmission of COVID-19, despite health officials who have insisted they are.
“I think it’s obvious with the high amount of cases, and how Covid has continued, and there are very shutdown areas that masking doesn’t work. There are studies that show that as well as vaccinated people continuing to catch Covid,” Greene said. “And that’s greatly concerning to me,” she added, noting she vehemently opposes masking children.
Studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show masks provide protection against community spread of COVID-19 as they protect both the wearer and others from respiratory droplets traveling through the air.
“I think it’s awful to mask children when they virtually have no threat from Covid. Kids need to be free to speak, smile and learn. And the best way they can do that is without a mask on their face,” she has said despite children now being susceptible to infection.
The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals aged 2 and older wear a mask in indoor settings and suggests face coverings in crowded outdoor settings or when in close contact with unvaccinated individuals.
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