House Republicans scoff at new security measures in place at the US Capitol less than a week after Trump provoked a violent insurrection
- A number of
House Republicanssparred with Capitol police Tuesday over new security measures that were implemented in the wake of the Capitol siegeon January 6.
- Reporters at the Capitol building saw GOP lawmakers — including Reps.
Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, and Steve Scalise— scoffing at the newly installed metal detectors at the US Capitol.
A number of House Republicans are flouting the new security measures put in place at the Capitol building in the wake of a violent insurrection attempt on January 6, according to reporters covering Capitol Hill.
After pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol building last week, Capitol police implemented new safety protocols, including newly installed metal detectors and mask requirements.Reporters present at the US Capitol on Tuesday night watched GOP lawmakers push past or blatantly walk around metal detectors, as the chamber votes on a resolution to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and some members of Trump's cabinet to depose the president.
Boebert was on the radar of the DC police after the freshman congresswoman released an ad saying she will "carry my firearm in DC and in Congress."Read more: DC police will reach out to a GOP freshman congresswoman who released an ad in which she appeared to walk around the US Capitol with a handgun
"It's our job in Congress to defend your rights, including your Second Amendment, and that's exactly what I'm here to do," Boebert continued in the ad.Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III said Boebert would be "subjected to the same penalties for everyone else that's caught on the District of Columbia street carrying a firearm unlawfully." HuffPost's Matt Fuller tweeted that he saw "about 10 Republicans walk around the magnetometer" - among them, GOP Reps.
Rep. Steve Scalise was photographed by Raju with his arms crossed in front of the magnetometer, calling the new protocol "untenable" because it "impedes the ability of members to come and vote. This is our job."Rep. Louie Gohmert walked around the metal detector, Fuller reported, telling police as he passed by: "You can't stop me; I'm on my way to a vote."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement Wednesday announcing that the House will impose fines on those who refuse to comply with the new screening protocols - $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second.
"On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for the valor that they showed during the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, as they protected the lives of the staff and the Congress," Pelosi said in a statement."Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe," she continued.
Before entering the chamber, she turned back and said "all the media and all the liars and them, they're not great."
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