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Michigan's Debbie Dingell Wants to Fine Maskless Congress Members

January 12, 2021, 3:12 PM by  Allan Lengel

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Rep. Debbie Dingell: "It's not that complicated."

Debbie Dingell ia "done playing games" with conngressional Republicans who disobey a mask-wearing rule in Congress.

She co-sponsors a bill to impose a $1,000 daily fine "for any member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask on the grounds of the Capitol during the pandemic." 

The action follows positive Covid tests for three Democrats who were near unmasked Republican colleagues during last Wednesday's riot evacuation -- Reps. Bonnie Coleman Watson, Pramilla Jaypal and Brad Schneider.

"Some Republicans in my world simply do not understand how they impact others," she posts Tuesday on Facebook. "Why don't these members understand what they are doing impacts others?

"Since returning to our work in the new year, we have seen a growing number of our Congressional colleagues refuse to wear masks leading to a dramatic escalation of positive Covid-19 cases among members of Congress. This is deeply troubling.

"It is not brave to refuse to wear a mask, it is selfish, foolish, and shameful behavior that puts lives at risk.

“We’re done playing games. Either have some common sense and wear a damn mask or pay a fine. It’s not that complicated,” Dingell continued.

Her co-sponsor is Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.)



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