Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes measure calling on Pence to impeach Trump Trump told Pence he could be a ‘patriot’ or ‘p —-‘ when overseeing election vote: Pelosi report names 9 officials of dismissal PLUS (D-Calif.) Announced on Wednesday that starting next week, lawmakers would face hefty fines if they refused to go through newly installed metal detectors to enter the House chamber.
Pelosi said the House would pass new rules when it returns to the Jan. 21 session to impose steep fines for bypassing security: $ 5,000 for the first offense and $ 10,000 for the second. The fines will be deducted from the salaries of lawmakers.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the House of the People chamber must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The fines for refusing to comply with the new security measures come after many House Republicans berated Capitol Hill police on Tuesday and Wednesday for asking them to go through metal detectors.
Several GOP lawmakers defiantly pushed Capitol Police and Sergeant-at-Arms staff into the bedroom without going through the magnetometers.
Members of Congress are usually given a pass to pass security in the Capitol complex if they show their legislator pins. But the new security measure took effect Tuesday after last week’s attack on the Capitol by a violent mob in support of President TrumpDonald Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bans uploading new content to Trump House channel passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE who tried to prevent Congress from ratifying the president-elect Joe bidenJoe Biden Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to withdraw Trump Disney, Walmart says they will block donations to lawmakers who opposed Electoral College resultsvictory of the Electoral College.
“To ensure compliance with the Capitol Police Board regulations regarding firearms and incendiary devices, as well as to provide a safe and secure environment in which to conduct legislative business, with immediate effect, all persons, including members, are held [to] undergo a security check upon entering the Chamber, ”Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote in a note to lawmakers and staff.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Who lobbied to carry a gun on the Capitol, was seen by reporters on Tuesday night setting off a metal detector and refusing to hand over her bag to the police for inspection.
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Five people died in the mob attack last Wednesday, including Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick, who was clubbed by rioters. Another Capitol Police officer, Howard Liebengood, is said to have committed suicide over the weekend after being on duty on the last day of the attack.
More than 50 other officers from the Capitol and Metropolitan Police were injured, several of whom had to be hospitalized. And during the House debate on Tuesday night, Rep. Mary gay scanlonMary Gay ScanlonHouse Judiciary Democrats call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump’s Top Judiciary Democrat bill would criminalize threats to election officials Members of the Women’s Democratic Caucus have split endorsements for the campaign leader the PLUS room (D-Pa.) Revealed that an officer is likely to lose an eye and rioters attempted to shoot another officer with his own weapon.
“On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the United States Capitol Police for their bravery in the deadly Capitol uprising in protecting the lives of staff and Congress.” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the fines for circumventing metal detectors outside the bedroom of the house.
“Sadly, days later, many House Republicans disrespected our heroes by verbally insulting them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions to keep members of our congressional community, including the Capitol, safe, ”Pelosi added.
Two Capitol Hill police officers have been suspended since the attack last week: One officer was seen taking a selfie with a rioter, while the other wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and was leading the crowd.
This is the second time in as many days that Democratic House leaders have imposed fines to force Republicans to obey rules meant to keep people safe in the chamber.
House Democrats passed new rules Tuesday evening to impose fines on lawmakers who violate rules requiring masks on House floors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine of $ 500 for the first offense and $ 2,500 for a repeat offense.
The passage of the fines for not wearing masks came after several Republicans in the House were maskless as they spent hours crammed into a secure space with hundreds of other lawmakers last Wednesday as forces of the order were working to clear the Capitol complex of rioters.
Three House Democrats who were in the secure space have since tested positive for COVID-19.
Updated at 20:44