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Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal by 3 GOP House Members Regarding $500 Mask Penalties


From the heart​ of the nation, WASHINGTON — On⁣ Tuesday, the Supreme‍ Court made a significant decision. It dismissed the appeals of three Republican U.S. House ⁤members⁢ who had⁣ contested the penalties imposed on them for not adhering to ⁣the mask mandate on the House ​floor in 2021.

Without any commentary, the justices upheld the $500 fines that were levied in May 2021 against Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene ⁣of Georgia, Thomas Massie of‍ Kentucky, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina.

The mask mandate was ‌a key part of the House’s strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly, this mandate was still enforced even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines stating that “fully vaccinated individuals can return to their normal activities ‌without ⁤the need for ​a mask or social distancing.”

Despite the mandate, these lawmakers made their presence felt on the House floor without masks, even taking a selfie together. The​ mask requirement was eventually lifted in June 2021.

Earlier, lower courts ‌had declined to interfere with the​ fines, asserting that they did not have the authority to review the mask policy.

Attorneys representing House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, had encouraged the​ court to dismiss‍ the appeal from their fellow Republican representatives. However, they pointed out ⁤that Johnson, along with every other member of the Republican leadership, had‍ voted against the mask policy.

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  1. Good punctuation and grammar, agree: Thankful for the Supreme Court standing strong on keeping the public safe with mask mandates.


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