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House Democrats propose $500 fine for members of Congress who don't wear masks

Added 01-12-21 06:04:07pm EST - “House Democrats are likely to implement a rule fining lawmakers $500 for not wearing face masks on the House floor during the COVID-19 pandemic.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “House Democrats propose $500 fine for members of Congress who don't wear masks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Democrats are likely to implement a rule in the House of Representatives fining lawmakers $500 for not wearing face masks on the House floor during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a senior Democratic aide not authorized to speak publicly.

Lawmakers will be fined $500 on a first offense and $2,500 for a second offense, and fines will be deducted from their pay, according to the aide. Fines cannot be paid with members' campaign funds or their expense accounts.

The rule will be included in a procedural vote Tuesday evening clearing the way for the House to pass a measure calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.

The proposed rule comes after House Reps. Anthony Brown, D-Md., and Debby Dingell, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday that would fine any member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask on Capitol grounds $1,000 for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their bill was filed less than a week after a pro-Trump mob stormed and ransacked the Capitol, causing members of Congress to be in lockdown in secure locations within the Capitol complex, where officials say they may have been exposed to the deadly virus.

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