A week after President Donald Trump urged his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to topple the government and prevent lawmakers from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, House Republicans are outraged.
They are outraged that they have to use a metal detector at work.
The House Sergeant-at-Arms announced Tuesday that lawmakers will now need to be screened before entering the House chamber in an effort to provide “a safe and secure environment” for the conduct of business. The change comes after some lawmakers raised concerns about Trump’s allies in Congress co-conspirators with the insurgents and potentially firearms upstairs of the house, which is prohibited.
Most lawmakers agreed with increased security. After all, it was only last week that they feared for their lives and barricaded themselves in the House bedroom as Capitol Hill police officers pushed back violent white supremacists trying to force their way through. inside. The insurgency claimed five lives, and it could have been much worse.
But from Tuesday night until Wednesday, some House Republicans had tantrums at the thought of walking through a metal detector – something everyone in America has to do all the time, no matter what. either in airports, schools or other buildings.
“Horse shit!” shouted representative Rodney Davis (Stream.). “Bullshit!”
“You are creating a problem whose ramifications you don’t understand!” representative Steve womack (R-Ark.) warned Capitol police officers.
“You can’t stop me, I’m about to vote,” said representative Louie gohmert (R-Texas), walking around the magnetometer outside the bedroom of the house.
representative Russ fulcher (R-Idaho) fair made his way through. He went through the metal detector and triggered it, pushed an officer out of his way, and entered the house.
HuffPost’s Matt Fuller stood outside the House and watched several GOP lawmakers refuse to walk through the metal detector or stop when it beeped. They included representatives. Randy Weber (Texas), Richard Hudson (NC), Ralph norman (SC), Scott perry (Pennsylvania.), Jeff Duncan (SC), Bob gibbs (Ohio), Bob latta (Ohio), Garret Graves (The.), Markwayne Mullin (Ok so.), Virginie foxx (NC), Paul Gosar (Arizona.), Bill Huizenga (Michigan.), Alex mooney (W.Va.), Larry Bucshon (Indiana.), Debbie lesko (Ariz.) And Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Who falsely claimed that she was legally authorized carry your gun in Washington, DC
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) was keen to tell Capitol Hill police officers that he believes urging lawmakers to use metal detectors is unconstitutional. As was representative Chip Roy (R-Texas), who said that a metal detector was “unconstitutional” and “endangers the limbs”. (There is nothing in the Constitution about not having to go through a metal detector.)
At best, the fact that any member of Congress rants over the inconvenience of a metal detector – days after a violent insurgency on Capitol Hill, when the coronavirus kills about 4000 Americans every day, in the midst of a presidential impeachment – reflects an embarrassing level of law and shows how out of touch they are with ordinary Americans, who wouldn’t do well at airport security if they shouted about the Constitution and blew past the metal detector.
At worst, it suggests they bring guns to the House and don’t want to get caught. There is a precedent for this concern: Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) said he was armed during the insurgency, which GOP lawmakers like him helped incite in the first place.
At least one congresswoman of color, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), said she feared she would be killed during the lockdown in part because of white supremacists in Congress who could publicly reveal her location . Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Who is leaving Congress for a job in the Biden administration, also said on Wednesday that he believed some of his colleagues “might be co-conspirators” with the insurgents.
Some of the same GOP lawmakers furious with metal detectors were recently all on the verge of using them for added security. But not for themselves.
In 2018, House Republicans passed the STOP School Violence Act to provide schools with more money to prevent gun violence. Among other things, money was allowed to install metal detectors.
Among those who vote for this bill? Bucshon, Davis, Gohmert and Stivers.
“I also support … improving school safety by increasing funding for schools to have metal detectors,” Stivers said in a statement at the time.
Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), So Angry at Metal Detector
It is unclear what authority the Capitol Police have, if any, to prevent lawmakers from making their way to the House floor without first being screened. They are not allowed to arrest members of Congress on their way to a vote, according to the Constitution. They also cannot stop them when they are in session in their room, or when they come or go from that room. The only exceptions are if they commit treason, a crime, or a breach of the peace.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) May have found a way to quell lawmakers’ contempt for metal detectors: fines.
In a statement Wednesday night, Pelosi said the House would move forward with a rule change when it returns to session on January 21, which would impose fines on members of Congress “who refuse to uphold these protections.”
The fine for the first offense will be $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from the salaries of lawmakers.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary,” Pelosi said, “but the House of the People’s Chamber must and will be safe.”
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