Republican lawmakers joined millions of Americans who snatched off their masks when the CDC gave the greenlight last week.
The CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can remove their masks indoors — except in crowds.
Conservatives who never wore masks even during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak celebrated the CDC’s announcement as freedom from restrictions.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed a $500 fine on any lawmaker who walked the halls of Congress without masks.
While some Democrats vowed to continue wearing their masks, Republican lawmakers happily paid Pelosi’s $500 fee to go maskless.
— Congresswoman Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) May 18, 2021
“Best $500 I ever spent,” Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to wear a mask on the House floor even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms’ office approached him on Tuesday, in full view of C-SPAN’s camera, and asked him to wear one.
Mast and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among a group of GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering on Tuesday. They all paid Pelosi’s $500 fine.
“Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!,” Greene tweeted with a photo showing her and other barefaced Republican lawmakers.
“Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace,” tweeted Illinois Rep. Mary Miller.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) May 18, 2021