House Republicans’ years-long battle against mask mandates is shot down by appeals court

Three GOP House members lost their years-long fight against mask mandates after an appeals court ruled that have no jurisdiction to review the policy, The Washington Post reported.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Ralph Norman (R-SC.) were challenging fines they incurred when masks were mandatory on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The court said their argument didn’t hold water because the First Amendment shields members of Congress from being brought into court over legislative acts.

“We cannot consider the merits of the Representatives’ constitutional arguments because their suit concerns legislative acts protected by the Speech or Debate Clause,” three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled.

In January 2021, the House passed a resolution authorizing fines of $500 for an initial violation of masking rules and $2,500 for any violations afterwards. The fees were deducted from their $174,000 annual pay. Greene revealed at one points that she had incurred $48,000 in fines. She and others argued that the rules were inconsistent and their choice not to wear masks on the House floor was a form of protest.

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