House Democrats propose $1K fines for maskless lawmakers

House Democrats propose $1K fines for maskless lawmakers


Two House Democrats want there to be fines for members of Congress who refuse to wear a mask on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Anthony Brown of Maryland introduced legislation on Tuesday that would implement $1,000 fines shortly after a third Democratic colleague tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Each of the lawmakers blamed Republican colleagues who refused to wear masks while they were sequestered during the breach of the U.S. Capitol that left five dead last week.

“It is not brave to refuse to wear a mask. It is selfish, stupid, and shameful behavior that puts lives at risk,” Dingell said. “Days ago, a colleague of ours died from this virus and left behind a beautiful, young family to mourn his loss. Yet still, in the midst of a deadly assault on our United States Capitol, a number of our Republican colleagues laughed off rules designed to keep not just their colleagues safe,

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