Pelosi Announces Lawmakers Will Be Fined $5,000 if They Bypass Metal Detectors to House Floor
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that starting next week, lawmakers will face hefty fines if they refuse to go through newly installed metal detectors to enter the House chamber.
Pelosi said that the House will adopt new rules when it returns to session Jan. 21 to mandate stiff fines for bypassing security: $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second. The fines will be deducted from lawmakers’ salaries.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement.