First GOP lawmakers fined $5,000 for bypassing House security screenings

First GOP lawmakers fined $5,000 for bypassing House security screenings

Two GOP lawmakers are now facing $5,000 fines for bypassing metal detectors while entering the House chamber after Democrats voted this week to impose the punitive measure to enforce compliance. Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas) and Andrew Clyde (Ga.) were issued fines by the sergeant-at-arms over incidents that occurred on Thursday, according to a senior Democratic aide. The fines are being issued after House Democrats voted on Tuesday night to establish the fines , which are $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second. Lawmakers can appeal the fines to the House Ethics Committee. But if the panel upholds the fines, they will be deducted out of lawmakers’ paychecks and cannot be paid with campaign or congressional office budget funds. The offices of Gohmert and Clyde didn’t immediately return requests for comment. The metal detectors were installed outside the House chamber last month, days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a violent mob of former President Trump ‘s supporters who were trying to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s electoral victory. But several Republicans immediately pushed back on the metal detectors and berated Capitol Police officers and sergeant-at-arms staff who asked them to comply. Some Republicans speed-walked past the metal detectors or pushed past security staff to enter the chamber without undergoing screenings. The metal detectors were installed to enforce longstanding rules that expressly prohibit lawmakers from bringing guns into the House and Senate chambers or adjacent areas. Members of Congress are typically allowed […]

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