Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse implements measure urging Pence to remove Trump Trump told Pence he could be a ‘patriot’ or ‘p —-‘ when monitoring election polls: report Pelosi names 9 prosecutors MORE (D-Calif.) Announced Wednesday that lawmakers from next week will face large fines if they refuse to go through newly installed metal detectors to enter the House of Representatives.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the House of Commons must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The fines received for refusing to comply with new security measures come after several Republicans in the House bullied Capitol police officers Tuesday and Wednesday for asking them to go through the metal detectors.
Several GOP lawmakers defiantly pushed past Capitol Police and Sergeant at Arms personnel into the chamber without going through the magnetometers.
Members of Congress typically get a pass to go through security in the Capitol complex if they show their lawmakers. But the new security measure went into effect Tuesday in the wake of last week’s attack on the Capitol by a violent mob in support of President TrumpA number of GOP lawmakers say they support accusation YouTube prevents temporary uploading of new content on Trumps channel House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump MORE who tried to prevent Congress from ratifying the elected president Joe BidenJoe Biden Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support indictment House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump Disney, Walmart says they will block donations to lawmakers protesting college election results MORE‘s Electoral College victory.
“To ensure compliance with the Capitol Police Board rules on firearms and firebombs as well as to provide a safe and secure environment in which to carry out legislative business that takes effect immediately, all persons, including members, are required, [to] undergo security screening as they enter the House of Representatives, ”Acting Arms Sergeant Timothy Blodgett wrote in a note to lawmakers and staff.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Who has been pushing to carry a gun in the Capitol, was seen by reporters Tuesday night interrupting a metal detector and refusing to return her bag to police for inspection.
Another Republican, Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen Womack Tensions between House Republicans, Capitol Police over metal detectors House Republicans who did not sign Texas lawsuit Jason Smith to serve as top Republican on House Budget Committee MORE (Ark.), Shouted to the police to “come back” and “do not touch me.”
Five people died in Wednesday’s mob attack, including a Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick, who was wiped out by the rebels. Another Capitol police officer, Howard Liebengood, allegedly took his own life over the weekend after being on guard late in the day for the attack.
More than 50 other Capitol and Metropolitan police officers were injured, including several who had to be hospitalized. And during the House debate Tuesday night, rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonHouse Judicial Democrats ask Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump Top Judicial Democrat’s bill will criminalize threats against election officials. (D-Pa.) Revealed that an officer is likely to lose sight, and rebels tried to shoot another officer with his own gun.
“On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for the courage they displayed during the deadly uprising against the Capitol as they protected the lives of staff and Congress,” Pelosi said in the statement announcing the fines for circumventing the metal detectors without for the house chamber.
“Unfortunately, many House Republicans only a few days later respected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to abide by basic precautions that keep members of our congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe,” Pelosi added.
Two Capitol police officers have been suspended since last week’s attack: one officer was seen taking a selfie with a rioter, while the other wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and instructed the mob.
This is the second time in so many days that House Democratic leaders have imposed fines for forcing Republicans to abide by rules designed to ensure people’s safety in the House.
House Democrats passed new rules Tuesday night to impose fines on lawmakers who do not comply with rules requiring masks on the floor of the house during the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to use a mask results in a $ 500 fine for the first offense and $ 2,500 for a repeat offense.
The passing of the fines for not wearing masks came after several Republicans in the House were maskless while spending hours crowded in a safe room with hundreds of other lawmakers last Wednesday while law enforcement worked to clear the Capitol complex from the rebels.
Three House Democrats who were in the safe room have since tested positive for COVID-19.
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