NANCY Pelosi has slammed Republicans for “disrespecting heroes” as $10,000 fines have been approved for lawmakers who evade metal detectors.
The 80-year-old politician’s comments come as The House of Representatives can now fine lawmakers who avoid security screenings and metal detectors.
Nancy Pelosi’s comments come as The House of Representatives can now fine lawmakers who avoid security screenings and metal detectorsCredit: AP:Associated Press
Rep Lauren boebert is against the metal detectorsCredit: AFP – Getty
Boebert set off an alarm as she walked through a metal detectorCredit: Alamy Live News
Anyone who chooses not to follow the security rules will be hit with a fine of $5,000 for the first offense, and $10,000 for the second.
The fines can be appealed by the House Ethics Committee, according to the new rules put in place on Tuesday.
In a Tuesday statement, Pelosi – referring to the days after the US Capitol riots on January 6 – said: “We all have a solemn responsibility to honor the service and sacrifice of the Capitol Police for the valor that they showed that harrowing day.
“Yet, just days after the assault, many House Republicans began disrespecting our heroes by refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our congressional community safe.
“Including by dodging metal detectors, physically pushing past police, and even attempting to bring firearms into the chamber.”
Boebert has slammed the security screening, dubbing it as a ‘political stunt’ from PelosiCredit: AFP or licensors
Boebert has talked openly about carrying her firearm around town and onto the Capitol groundsCredit: AFP – Getty
The House Speaker added: “It is beyond comprehension why any member would refuse to adhere to these simple, commonsense steps to keep this body safe.”
“It is sad that we have been forced to move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections, but the People’s House must and will be safe, so that we can honor our responsibility to do the People’s work.”
According to Fox News, the move to fine lawmakers for not complying with Capitol Police passed on Tuesday night.
Nearly two weeks after the January 6 riots, gun-toting Lauren Boebert led a charge against Capitol metal detectors as others blasted Pelosi’s “communist America.”
The House sergeant-at-arms office issued a statement last month saying everyone going into the chamber must be screened for prohibited items, including firearms.
Pelosi said this week: ‘It is beyond comprehension why any member would refuse to adhere to these simple, commonsense steps to keep this body safe’Credit: Alamy Live News
Boebert has talked openly about carrying her firearm around town and onto the Capitol grounds.
“Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.”
Another representative also refused to obey the safety rules.
Rep Louie Gohmert reportedly walked around a metal detector and told authorities: “You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote.”
Meanwhile, Rep Jim McGovern – the House Rules Committee chairman -has condemned the “elitist mentality” of lawmakers who don’t agree with the added security precautions, according to Fox News.
McGovern said on the House floor: “Apparently, some of my friends on the other side think differently.
“Some are acting as though by being elected to Congress, they have been anointed to some sort of special club – one that gets to pick and choose what rules to follow.”
Last week, former Democratic Rep Tulsi Gabbard slammed Pelosi for her shocking “enemy within” comment about Republicans in Congress.
Gabbard urged Pelosi to let law enforcement handle the threat if there really was one, and to apologize to the American people if there was not.
During a Friday interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Gabbard said that Pelosi’s words were “incredibly dangerous” in a country that is already “on edge” and “divided.”
Pelosi made the comments on Thursday, suggesting that more money was needed to protect lawmakers from Republican members in the House of Representatives “who want to bring guns to the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”