The Republicans of the house fought with the Capitol Police and ignored security clearance. So Pelosi announced that she would punish Republicans if they don’t follow the rules.
Spokesman Pelosi said in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
On behalf of the House, I express my deepest thanks to the U.S. Capitol Police for the valor they showed in protecting the lives of staff and Congress during the deadly riot at the Capitol.
Unfortunately, just days later, many House Republicans disregarded our heroes by berating them and refusing to take basic precautions to keep members of our congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe. The House will shortly be pushing a rule change that will impose fines on those who refuse to observe these protections. The fine for the first offense is $ 5,000 and for the second offense is $ 10,000. The fines are deducted directly from members’ salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer.
It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe.
Some House Republicans have had disputes with the Capitol Police, refusing to pass through the metal detectors and ignoring instructions when they set off the detectors.
It is a shame that elected members of Congress cannot follow ground rules to keep everyone safe. Having to go through a security clearance one week after a violent attack on the Capitol is not a violation of personal freedoms. A mask requirement on the floor of the house during a pandemic is not censorship.
Spokeswoman Pelosi isn’t messing around and if the same people who empowered the insurgents don’t take security seriously, she’ll slap them straight into their wallets until they grow up.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association