- A GOP lawmaker suing over the mask mandate in the House of Representatives caught COVID-19.
- Rep. Ralph Norman said Thursday that he had tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.
- Norman is suing Pelosi after he was fined for not wearing a mask on the House floor in May.
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A Republican lawmaker who is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her instructions to wear masks in Congress has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rep. Ralph Norman is one of three GOP lawmakers suing Pelosi after they were fined for failing to wear a mask on the House floor during a May vote.
Pelosi last year introduced a requirement for members to wear masks while they were in the House to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a COVID-19 test and was just informed the results were positive,” Norman tweeted Thursday.
“Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild.
“To every extent possible, I will continue my work virtually while in quarantine for the next ten (10) days.”
-Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) August 5, 2021
Norman last week sued Pelosi along with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massi, the Associated Press reported.
Their lawsuit argued that the $500 fines were unconstitutional.
They said a clause in the US Constitution only allows Reps. to be punished for “disorderly behavior”, which they said their rejection of masks did not amount to.
The lawsuit said: “The masking requirement was an attempt to prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, medicine, and science, despite a deep divide over these issues of opinion.”
“It has been used to force Plaintiffs and other members of the minority party to be instruments for fostering public adherence to this ideological point of view that plaintiffs find unacceptable.”