House Democrats have proposed a new rule, demanding that members of Congress wear a mask while on the House floor or pay a $500 fine.
The rule comes following complaints from three Democrats — Reps. Bonnie Coleman, (D-NJ), Brad Schneider, (D-IL), and Pramila Jayapal, (D-WA) — who claim they contracted COVID-19 while sheltering in place with Republican lawmakers during the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol. All three say they were forced to share space with members of the GOP who refused to wear masks.
“I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one,” Jayapal tweeted late last week, days after the riot.
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Schneider called his colleagues’ behavior “reckless” after receiving his own positive test.
“Those that flout public health guidance should be sanctioned and immediately