‘Best $500 I Ever Spent’: Rep. Mast Fined For Ditching Mask on House Floor

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Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) listened to the science and got fined for it after refusing to wear a face mask on the House floor during votes on Tuesday. 

“I have been fined $500 by @SpeakerPelosi for following CDC guidance,” Mast tweeted. “This was never about science, it has always been about power.”

Three Republican lawmakers face $500 fines for defying Nancy Pelosi’s mask mandate on the House floor until all lawmakers are vaccinated. Other representatives fined include Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IW). Future violations could reach $2,500

Mast, who is fully vaccinated, was approached by a staff member of the House Sergeant of Arms during votes and refused to put a mask on, according to USA Today. The other followed his lead.

“The scientists at the CDC are telling us if you are fully vaccinated, you can go about your life without wearing a mask of physically distancing,” Mast later said in a statement. “So, that’s what I”m doing. The question people should be asking is why is Speaker Pelosi not? For her, this has never been about science, it’s always been about power and control over the American people.” 

Eight other Republicans were issued warnings: Thomas Massie (R-KY), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Majorie Taylor Green (R-GA), Chip Roy (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), Mary Miller (R-IL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ralph Norman (R-SC). 

“Best $500 I ever spent,” Mast told reporters. 

VIDEO: Republicans Ditch Masks on House Floor