BREAKING: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Presented Lawsuit Against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Has Been Decided By A Judge

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A federal court made a significant verdict in a case filed against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and two other Republican legislators who were penalized for refusing to wear masks in the House chamber.

According to Newsweek, the action was enjoined by Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, who all claimed that the mask ban infringed their free expression rights and that the $500 penalties they were handed violated the Constitution’s 27th Amendment.

However, in a 47-page opinion, Senior Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the claim, stating that the regulation did not violate any constitutional prohibitions.

According to the 27th Amendment, “no law changing the salary for the services of Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives has occurred.”

According to Newsweek, Massie, Greene, and Norman were penalized $500 apiece for failing to wear masks during a vote in the House in May 2021, in violation of a provision set in place during the COVID-19 epidemic. They went off to sue Speaker Pelosi in July 2021.

The Republican members said they were protesting the use of a double standard. They also claimed that levying those fees was unconstitutional under the 27th Amendment. On Wednesday, though, Judge Walton dismissed their claims.

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In a lengthy dissertation describing the concept of compensation for members of Congress, Walton stated in his opinion that the legislators’ remuneration “is not changed by the withholding of disciplinary fines from the plaintiffs’ salaries.”

He went on to say that “the withdrawal of penalties from the plaintiffs’ salaries in accordance with House Resolution 38 does not violate the Twenty-Seventh Amendment, and hence the Twenty-Seventh Amendment does not restrict the House’s jurisdiction to establish the mask policy or House Resolution 38.”

According to Newsweek, House Resolution 38 was passed, which upheld Pelosi’s mask requirement. The court threw Republican legislators’ arguments that the program violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment by punishing them for “contrary viewpoint-based symbolic expression.” The Judge did, however, accept the defendants’ assertion that the mask policy and House Resolution 38 had nothing to do with censorship.

In response to politicians’ claims that latest scientific findings that using face coverings seems to have no measurable impact on easing or to put a complete stop to the transmission of COVID-19,” Walton, a George W. Bush appointee, authored that “the consensus within the scientific community is clear that masks – and, especially, well-fitting, protective masks – are effective in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

“The judge arrived to the convoluted conclusion that collecting mask penalties via direct reduction of members’ pay did not represent salary reductions, which is otherwise banned by the Constitution,” Massie told Newsweek in a statement issued on Thursday.

He then stated that the trio intended to appeal the decision. “We are pleased with the verdict because it brings us one step closer to the Supreme Court, where we believe a straightforward reading of the Constitution would plainly indicate Speaker Pelosi has violated the Constitution,” Massie said. Greene, meanwhile, is “cruising to re-election” with a massive advantage ahead of the GOP primary, according to a late December poll.

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