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Marjorie Taylor Greene fined third time for not wearing mask on House floor

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., an outspoken opponent of masking and Covid-19 vaccination mandates, was fined Monday for a third time over her refusal to comply with House rules about face coverings.

The House Ethics Committee published a notice saying Greene will have to pay a financial penalty for an incident on Sept. 21, when she did not wear a mask on the House floor. The fine is $500 for a first offense and $2,500 for each subsequent violation.

Greene, who apologized in Junefor comparing mask rules to the Holocaust, did not appeal the fine.

Greene was first fined in May as part of a group of House Republicans who refused to wear masks and again for an incident in the House on Sept. 8.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., recently complained about her lack of a mask at a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland last week.

Greene was defiant in a statement to NBC News on Monday, saying, “I’m taking a stand on the House floor because I don’t want the people to stand alone.”

The Ethics Committee also announced that Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., had been fined for breaking the same rule. He did not appeal.

Clyde’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tom Rust, the Ethics Committee’s staff director, declined to comment on the actions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., mandated masks on the advice of the House physician last year. The mandate was lifted in June, but it was restored in late July with the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.