The House of Representatives is preparing to dock the pay of legislators who refuse to wear masks, after three House members who sheltered with maskless fellow lawmakers during last week’s Capitol riots tested positive for COVID-19.
A senior House Democratic aide confirmed to The Post that the fines will be adopted Tuesday night as part of legislation urging Vice President Mike Pence to oust President Trump using the 25th Amendment.
“The rule for the [Rep. Jamie] Raskin resolution tonight will include language implementing a fine system (similar to what Republicans implemented in 2017 for filming on the floor) for non-compliance with the Speaker’s mask requirement on the House Floor,” the source said.
There will be a “$500 fine for first offense. $2,500 for second offense. Fines will be deducted from Member pay (no use of campaign funds or [Members’ Representational Allowance] for fines).”
The House aide said that, “Separately, the House Office Building Commission will be immediately considering the implementation of a similar fine system for non-compliance in the House Office Buildings and house side of the U.S. Capitol Building.”
Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) tested positive for the coronavirus after sheltering from a rampaging mob of Trump supporters who disrupted certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Some Republicans allegedly refused to wear masks in close quarters.
House Democrats are preparing to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump on Wednesday for allegedly inciting the riot, which left four Trump supporters and one police officer dead.
A vote could happen Wednesday, though the Senate is not expected to act until after Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
As legislative business resumes, the House on Tuesday also installed new metal detectors through which lawmakers will have to pass. Some Republicans have said they wanted to carry guns into Congress.
Democratic Rep. Grace Meng, who represents part of Queens, tweeted of the metal detectors: “This isn’t really helpful in terms of potential future rioters but it’s actually to help protect us from our own colleagues.”
House Dems will deduct pay from GOP lawmakers who refuse to wear masks The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.