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H.Res. 42 (117th): Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to fine Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner who do not wear masks in the Capitol complex.

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About the resolution

Public health advocates say this bill sounds like a “fine” idea.


71 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19, as of this writing. Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow died of the virus at age 41 in late December 2020, mere days before he was scheduled to take office and Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX6) died on February 7 of this year.

The results are clear: according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks work, though they advise that masks must be combined with social distancing for full efficacy. Yet some members of Congress have taken to not wearing a mask inside the U.S. Capitol Building.

What the resolution does

A new resolution would change the House’s internal rules to fine any member $1,000 for each day that …

Sponsor and status

Debbie Dingell

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 12, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on January 12, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


48 Cosponsors (48 Democrats)



Jan 12, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.Res. 42 (117th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 42. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This simple resolution was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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