Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was one of the four GOP members of Congress fined $500 for failing to wear a mask on the House floor in protest of the congressional mandate, argued on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “wants to fine the science, not follow the science.”
“This is an issue that’s very important to me,” Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, said, noting that she had been vaccinated.
“I’ve been doing vaccine clinics and administering vaccines in my 24 counties in my district and I saw the vaccination numbers going down, and I felt that clear guidance from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] that if you were vaccinated you could go without your mask would help more people be incentivized to get vaccinated,” Miller-Meeks, who is a physician, added.
She noted that last month she’d spoken on the House floor, advocating to lift the mask mandate “so that we could be the leaders we are elected to be, and we could be a show of normalcy and what would happen if you got vaccinated as a motivation for people to get vaccinated.”
“I had already done several speeches on the floor about this issue,” she continued. “And then when the CDC released the mask mandate for indoors, that’s when I did another speech on the floor and said I’m not going to remove my mask,” she stressed.
GOP Representatives Brian Mast of Florida, Beth Van Duyne of Texas and Ralph Norman of South Carolina were also issued a $500 fine apiece. Future violations could reach $2,500. Seven other fellow Republican members of Congress were issued warnings.
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