Marjorie Taylor Green fined $48K for defying mask mandate

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Marjorie Taylor Green fined $48K for defying mask mandate

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been fined $48,000 this year for not wearing a mask on the House floor — and she’s vowing to keep defying the mandate.

The House Ethics Committee issued a statement Monday regarding the Georgia Republican, indicating she most recently broke the rule on Sept. 28.

The outspoken mask critic — who was suspended from Twitter for railing against the COVID-19 vaccine — previously flouted the mandate on Sept. 27 and Sept. 22. She did not file an appeal in any of those incidents.

Greene has been spotted without a mask in the House chamber at least 20 times since May, according to a letter from House Sergeant at Arms William Walker obtained by The Post.

She was fined $500 in May for her first offense and then racked up $2,500 fines for each subsequent violation, including as recently as Oct. 27, for a total of $48,000, according to Greene’s spokesman, Nick Dyer.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was fined $500 in May for her first offense.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been fined $48,000 this year for not wearing a mask on the House floor.
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Greene, meanwhile, vowed in a statement to continue bucking the mask mandate put in place in summer 2020 following the recommendation of Capitol attending physician Brian Monahan.

The alleged violations cited in Walker’s letter date back to May 18. Greene was also spotted without a mask on the House floor on Tuesday, CNN reported.

The fines will be deducted from Greene’s annual congressional pay of $174,000, according to the Washington Post.

“Over the past year and a half, Communist Democrats have ruled our country as tyrannical dictators with mandates and lock downs,” Greene said. “Now, the American people have had enough and are standing up against these outrageous and unconstitutional policies. I will continue my stand on the House floor against authoritarian Democrat mandates, because I don’t want the American people to stand alone.”

Greene and two other House Republicans who have refused to wear masks have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the mandate and the associated fines as unconstitutional. That lawsuit is still pending, according to NBC News.

Rep. Andrew Clyde, another Republican from Georgia, was also hit with three fines Monday for bucking the mask mandate. He did not appeal any of the penalties, the House Ethics Committee said.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she plans to continue to defy the mask mandate.
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Greene has been spotted not wearing a mask in the House chamber 20 times since May.
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