Massie, Greene trash mask violation warnings from House sergeant at arms

Two House Republican lawmakers threw out letters from the House sergeant at arms warning against violating the lower chamber's mask policy.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers House Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against GOP lawmakers MORE (R) tweeted a photo on Wednesday showing House Sergeant at Arms William J. Walker's letter in the trash, writing, “Just filed @SpeakerPelosi’s letter warning me to follow her mask rule.”


The letter, addressed to Massie, reads: "Pursuant to House Resolution 38, you were observed not wearing a mask on the Floor of the House on May 18, 2021. You were then asked by a member of my staff to wear a mask while in the Hall of the House of Representatives, unless recognized to speak by the chair." 

The notice goes on to warn the Republican lawmaker that a further violation would result in an initial $500 fine. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.) first announced the mask rule in the lower chamber in July. Walker, in his position as sergeant at arms, enforces the House rules. 


Multiple Republican lawmakers defied the House rules this week after new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued last week stated that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor situations. The CDC guidance also states that vaccinated individuals do not have to maintain social distancing protocols. 

Despite the newest guidance from the health agency, the lower chamber has not changed its mask rules. 

Massie was ultimately issued a fine Thursday, the Courier Journal reported, one day after he posted the photo of Pelosi's letter in the trash.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R) said on Twitter on Wednesday that she had discarded Walker's letter, putting it through a paper shredder.

"You can't discriminate against people simply because they won't wear a mask and today I refused to wear a mask on the House floor and I received a warning from Speaker Pelosi that leads to fines if I continue to refuse to wear a mask. Well, here's what I think of your warning, Speaker Pelosi," Greene said.


On Tuesday three GOP lawmakers — Reps. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastEthics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers 2021 marks deadliest year for manatees in Florida recorded history OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court rules that pipeline can seize land from New Jersey | Study: EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas development | Kevin McCarthy sets up task forces on climate, other issues MORE (Fla.), Beth Van Duyne (Texas) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa) — were fined $500 for violating the House's mask mandate.

Reps. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertGOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger McConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto MORE (Colo.), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyJuan Williams: Republicans prefer Trump's fantasies over truth and facts The Hill's Morning Report - Biden renews families plan pitch; Senate prepares to bring infrastructure package to floor House Republican says colleagues' 'job' is to slow Democratic priorities MORE (Texas), Bob Good (Va.), Mary Miller (Ill.) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertFive takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony Protesters shut down Greene-Gaetz Jan. 6 event Cheney calls Gaetz, Greene DOJ protest a 'disgrace' MORE (Texas) were also reportedly issued fines for refusing to abide by the House mask mandate.

The House voted down a resolution Thursday brought forth by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Calif.) that would have forced the Capitol's attending physician to change the House chamber mask rule.

The Capitol physician's office has said that the current House rule is in accordance with the CDC's new guidance because the House chambers are "the only location where the entire Membership gathers periodically throughout the day in an interior space."

"The Hall of the House has received this special medical consideration for continued mask wear, which is the same for committee meeting spaces, that may change in the future based upon [the] degree of entire group vaccination attained and prevailing coronavirus community risk," the memo from the Capitol physician's office read.

Updated 8:39 p.m.