House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said on Wednesday that any lawmaker who refuses to go through new metal detectors installed in the U.S. Capitol could face hefty fines under a change in proposed rule, a step she described as “tragic” but “necessary”. After several Republicans refused to do so.
Pelosi has said she will introduce a rule change on Jan.21 which the House will then vote on. The announcement comes after HuffPost’s Matt Fuller reported that at least 10 Republicans had refused to comply with the security measure. The magnetometers were installed just outside the chamber of the House after last week’s violent insurgency on Capitol Hill, which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer.
“Sadly, days later, many House Republicans disrespected our heroes by verbally insulting them and refusing to follow basic precautions to keep members of our congressional community, including the Capitol Police , safe, “she said in a statement. She added: “It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the House of the People’s Chamber must and will be safe.”
Members of the House will be fined $ 5,000 for the first offense and $ 10,000 for the second, and penalties will be deducted directly from their wages.
Some Republicans are particularly aggrieved by metal detectors (which they pass regularly on their plane trips anyway). On Tuesday, Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) Attacked the use of the machines as a “appalling“Violation of his rights, Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) said they were” unnecessary, unconstitutional and threatening[ed] members, ”and newly elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) simply pushed her way through them and turned down officers’ requests to check her purse.
Boebert is one of several House lawmakers speaking out about carrying a gun, saying she is legally allowed to do so in the Capitol complex. Another freshman lawmaker, Representative Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.), said he was armed when the riot took place last week.
Acting Sergeant-at-Arms told members earlier this week that metal detectors were in place to ensure a “safe and secure environment,” and said guns are reserved for the legislator’s own office.
Calling all HuffPost superfans!
Sign up to become a founding member and help shape the next chapter of HuffPost