共和党議員. ジョージア州のマージョリーテイラーグリーン, 例えば, has accrued
$ 88,000 in fines for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor
— or roughly half her congressional salary
. The fines are automatically docked from lawmakers
その間, at least two Republicans — 担当者. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Bob Good of Virginia — are boycotting the Capitol Hill Club, a GOP establishment that is now requiring proof of vaccination, as mandated by DC rules.
But House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said he won’t be following the boycott.
“番号, I want to see us challenge these mandates,” Scalise said. “I don’t penalize the company for having that dumped on them.”
記者会見中, Republicans also railed against the Biden administration’s handling of Covid, even as many in the GOP continue to resist policies to curb the virus and spread misinformation about the vaccine.
“This was the signature campaign platform that Joe Biden ran on. How many times during the campaign did candidate Joe Biden say I’m going to shut down the virus? He actually bragged that he had a plan on day one to combat the virus,” Scalise said.
スカリース, who has said publicly that he received the vaccine
, was also pressed on whether he agrees with former President Donald Trump that politicians who don’t reveal their booster status are
“最終的に, these are personal decisions,” Scalise said. “This is a health care decision and the government right now is treating it as if it’s something that they can just require people to do.”
When asked whether Republicans would support a supplemental spending package to help combat the latest Covid wave
, Scalise said that there is still
$ 800 billion in unspent money from previous Covid relief packages
“If there were a need, that’s where you would look to go and address it — the money that’s unspent,” Scalise said.