Chamber President Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the chamber plans to adopt new rules that impose fines on members for refusing to go through newly installed metal detectors in the US Capitol or for refusing to comply with security following last week’s deadly attack.
The fines – $ 5,000 for the first violation and $ 10,000 for the second – will take effect when the Chamber returns to a session on January 21 and will be deducted from members’ salaries, according to a news release from the speaker’s office.
In a statement, Pelosi said she expressed “her deepest gratitude to U.S. Capitol police for the courage they showed”
She added that new security changes are needed to keep the work of the Capitol, including the Capitol police, safe.
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He said it was “tragic that this step is necessary”.
Several Republicans refused to comply with the procedure this week, while others complained to the Capitol Security Service and Parliamentary Democrats that security measures had been introduced without adequate notice or consultation.
In a heated meeting, House of Representatives member Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Exchanged harsh words with Capitol police, as well as with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Davis became angry after security guards denied access to a staircase near the speaker’s lobby, which is usually open to members.
“Walls, these are bulls …” Davis said.
“Rodney, we’re all going through the magnetometers. Everybody,” Hoyer said in response as Davis argued with the officer.
Representative Chip Roy, R-Tx., Was one of the Republicans in the House who chose not to go through the metal detectors.
“The metal detector’s policy on the floor of the House is unnecessary, unconstitutional and endangers members,” Roy said in a statement on the incident. “I didn’t comply tonight. I won’t comply in the future.”
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Representative Lauren Böbert, R-Colo., Who pledged her commitment to the Second Amendment and advocated for her right to be armed in the Capitol, refused to hand over her bag when she released the metal detector. She was eventually admitted to the House Chamber.
“We didn’t need more metal detectors when we were locked in the cameras on the 6th,” she later wrote on Twitter.
Democrats erupted against Republicans for their disobedience.
“Don’t these people understand that literally everyone else has to go through metal detectors to get in here?” Representative Don Beyer, D-Va., Tweet. “Ordinary people fail to bring weapons into the US Capitol in normal times. Overcome.”
In a tweet addressed to Minority House leader Kevin McCarthy, Ted Liu, of California, said everyone would have to go through metal detectors at Biden’s discovery, “including members of the GP who believe they should not listen to law enforcement Will you commit that members of your group will go through metal detectors at the Inauguration? “
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Timothy P. Blodgett, acting chamber sergeant, told his members in a note Tuesday that they would soon have to go through metal detectors.
House Democrats also imposed a new rule on Tuesday, fining members $ 500 for not wearing a mask on the House floor.
Thomas Barabi of Fox News contributed to this report.