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Pelosi Faces Backlash For Allegedly Violating New House Chambers Rule She Put In Place

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House Republicans are planning a “huge push” aimed at forcing Nancy Pelosi to pay a hefty fine after she reportedly skirted the metal detectors outside the House chambers, defying her own rule which requires all members to submit to the increased security.

Pelosi was reportedly caught using an alternative entrance into the House, allowing her to bypass the security measures put in place following the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

“She opened the session on the floor, she came through what is known as the Speaker’s lobby,” Rep. Rodney Davis told Fox News. “We are all told, one Republican was fined for doing this just yesterday, that you cannot walk through those entrances unless you are disabled.”

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Pelosi and other Democratic House leaders enforced the rule last week, which requires all members to pass through metal detectors and submit to a search before entering House chambers. Bypassing this security incurs steep fines.

The Daily Wire reported: “The House of Representatives voted in a major security upgrade on Wednesday, including a new $5,000-per-incident fine for bypassing metal detectors now stationed at the entrance to House chambers. The fine, first proposed weeks ago by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is designed to prevent confrontations like the ones that took place in early January when select Republicans refused to open their briefcases for security or pass through metal detectors before heading to work.”

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USA Today reported on Wednesday: “The rule gives the Sergeant-at-Arms the authority to fine lawmakers $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 on a second if the legislators do not complete the security screening to enter the house, which includes walking through a metal detector. The new metal detectors were put at the House Chamber’s entrance in the wake of the mob that stormed the Capitol, incited by former President Donald Trump. However, some Republican members openly ignored and balked at the screening in the days that followed.”

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) was fined the $5,000 for ducking the metal detectors when “he’d left the House floor to use the bathroom,” Fox News reported.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweeted, “Pay the fine Speaker Pelosi,” slammed the rule itself, and noted that Speaker Pelosi’s “exemption” exposed the uselessness of the rule itself in protecting lawmakers.

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“Now is this a smart rule? No. Is this a rule that makes sense? No of course not. But that’s not the point, the point is they’re her rules. She’s literally confiscated property in the form of money, which we think is unconstitutional, but in any case they’re doing it,” he added.

He pledged to make “huge push” to force Pelosi to pay the fine, and reported the violation to the Capitol Police who he says can get an official violation from the Sergeant-at-Arms.

“She won’t abide by the rules herself so we’re going to make a huge push for her to actually have to pay that fine,” wrote Crenshaw.

 

Sources: The Daily Wire