The House Ethics Committee revealed Monday that Rep. Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith Weber Investigate secret Russian funding of US anti-fossil fuel groups Nearly half of Texas Republicans say Trump endorsement positively influences vote: Trump poll casts endorsements in congressional races of Texas MORE (R-Texas) was fined $500 for failing to wear a mask on the House floor, making him the 12th House Republican facing a monetary penalty for defying the requirement before its cancellation last week.
Lawmakers have 30 days to challenge the fines before the House Ethics Committee, but Weber did not appeal, according to the panel.
The Ethics Committee said it received notice of the fine imposed on Weber by the House Sergeant-at-Arms on November 30.
The Capitol doctor announced last week – two days before President BidenJoe BidenArmed intruder arrested at Joint Base Andrews after Harris returns Capitol Police issue emergency statement regarding Harris truck convoy in Selma: ‘We won’t let setbacks stop us’ MOREof the State of the Union address — that masks were no longer mandatory.
The change came days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance that masks should be optional in localities with what it considers a “low” or “medium” community level of COVID-19.
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Only three of those Republicans have been repeat offenders. Miller-Meeks was fined twice, while Greene and Clyde were both fined dozens.
The mask mandate in the House chamber and surrounding office buildings first went into effect in July 2020, after several Republicans refused to wear masks. House Democrats set fines starting at $500 — and $2,500 for subsequent offenses — in January 2021 after angering several Republicans who refused to wear masks as lawmakers were crammed into a space secured during the attack on the Capitol.
Greene said last month she was “well over $100,000” in mask fines, while Clyde was fined at least $68,000.
The Senate, meanwhile, has never had a mask mandate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.