But the Constitution is pretty clear on the power of Congress to set rules and mete out discipline. “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings,” Article I, Section 5 states, including the power to “punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour.”
The mask fines get paid automatically, with the money garnished from Greene’s official paycheck.
While losing $100,000 is nothing to ignore, financial records show the Georgia Republican is not short on cash; Greene for example bought between $250,000 and $500,000 in U.S. Treasury bills in September.
Greene also was one of two members of Congress who bought stock in a company that plans to work with Donald Trump to set up a new social media venture, purchasing between $15,000 and $50,000 in DWAC.
But she bought the shares on the date the stock hit its high on October 22. The stock’s price has declined by one-third since then.
While many Republicans might support Greene’s crusade against the House floor mask rule, other than U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, most GOP lawmakers have avoided multiple mask fines.
As of November 15, Clyde had been fined over $15,000 for not wearing a mask. He could easily more than double that by Christmas.
The holidays may be a time for giving, but Greene and Clyde probably never imagined they would be sending huge amounts of money — in fines — to Uncle Sam.
Jamie Dupree has covered national politics and the Congress from Washington, D.C. since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at http://jamiedupree.substack.com