House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that members of congress who refuse to go through a newly installed metal detector will face a hefty fine starting next week.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi explained.
The penalty will be $5k for the first offense and double at $10k for the second offense, directly deducted from congressional salaries.
After some Republicans balked at going through House metal detectors, Pelosi announces stiff fines.
“The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from Members’ salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 14, 2021
According to The Hill “members of Congress are typically given a pass on going through security in the Capitol complex if they show their lawmaker pins. But the new security measure went into effect Tuesday after last week’s attack on the Capitol by a violent mob in support of President Trump that tried to stop Congress from ratifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.”
The move comes after Republicans Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Steve Womack (R-Arkansas) had issues with the new detectors.
Boebert set off the metal detector and declined to turn in her bag for inspection while Womack bypassed the detectors and shouted “get back” and “don’t touch me.”
Actor George Takei liked the move, tweeting “Nancy Pelosi is implementing a rule to fine members for not wearing a mask in the House.”
“This is a good start,” he added “but she should hit them where it plainly matters the most. Each violation should cost them 5,000 Twitter followers. We’d see 100% compliance ASAP.”
Nancy Pelosi is implementing a rule to fine members for not wearing a mask in the House.
This is a good start, but she should hit them where it plainly matters the most. Each violation should cost them 5,000 Twitter followers. We’d see 100% compliance ASAP.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 12, 2021