“Diavolo, no, non mi arrendo,” Massie, che era già stato multato una volta per non aver indossato una maschera sul pavimento della casa, told host Bill Hemmer.
Massie e altri rappresentanti del GOP, including Brian Mast of Florida and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, erano issued a $ 500 fine apiece. Future violations could reach $ 2,500.
“Pelosi fined us for $ 500 ogni,” Massie told Hemmer, notandolo “she’s taking it directly out of our salary, which runs contrary to the Constitution.”
“The courts usually won’t get involved in these squabbles inside the House,” Lui continuò. “But when they violate the Constitution, we believe the courts are going to take this case up because of the way in which she’s collecting the fine.”
He added that more plaintiffs could join the lawsuit.
“I’ve got people asking if they can join the lawsuit now,” Massie said.
The congressman made the comments on the same day U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) erano ordered to start arresting visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask on the House side of the Capitol complex, according to a police memo issued by new USCP Chief Thomas Manger that was obtained by a member of Congress.
Police were also advised not to arrest members of Congress for failing to wear masks, but to report the lawmakers’ noncompliance to the House sergeant-at-arms, the memo says.
rappresentante. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., got a copy of the memo distributed at Thursday’s morning roll call from an unnamed police officer, ha detto a Fox News. The police Cammack has spoken to are “very uncomfortable” with this new directive that she describes as “tyrannical.”
Cammack, Massie and many other GOP representatives, are up in arms about the return this week of coronavirus mask mandates at the House, indipendentemente dallo stato di vaccinazione. The mask rules follow updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie) guida in the wake of the rise of the contagious COVID Delta variant and lower-than-expected vaccination rates.
On Thursday afternoon, Massie twittato a photo of himself and three staff members standing in the Capitol without face masks and wrote, “@SpeakerPelosi directed the Capitol Hill Police Chief to arrest maskless staff and visitors in the Capitol.”
“The only problem is she isn’t Queen of the senate side, so I took my staff to the middle of the Capitol to visit the line between the House and Senate where COVID stops,” Lui continuò.
Prima, while speaking on “Sala stampa americana,” Massie called Pelosi “a tyrant and a hypocrite.”
“She reinstituted this mask mandate the day after we filed the case in federal court,” Egli ha detto. “We’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to.”
A Pelosi spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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