ULawmakers who refuse to go through the metal detectors installed in the House of Representatives after the Capitol riot last week will be fined, President Nancy Pelosi said.
The fine for the first offense will be $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 for the second, Pelosi said in a statement. Fines will be taken directly from members’ salaries.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the House of the House of the People must and will be sure,” Ms. Pelosi said when announcing the measure.
Stricter safety rules came into effect after a host of supporters of President Donald Trump violently burst into the building on January 6 in an attempt to stop Joe Biden’s certification as the next US president.
Five people died on the day of the violence.
Metal detectors were installed at the entrances to the American House for the first time on Tuesday in response to the riot.
“Unfortunately,” wrote Ms. Pelosi, just days after the new security protocols were put in place, “many House Republicans have disrespected“ the Capitol Police ”by verbally insulting them and refusing to act. ‘adhere to basic precautions that keep members of our congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe. “