Daily US Times: Two Republican lawmakers are the first members of Congress who are fined for violating the new security measures off of the House floor since the fines were instated earlier this week.
Republicans Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Andrew Clyde of Georgia have both been fined $5,000 for not following the new security protocols. The fines, which are meant to punish members who fail to complete security screenings prior to entering the House floor, will be deducted from members’ salaries by the chief administrative officer, according to the new rule passed Tuesday.
A second offense of this kind will result in a $10,000 fine.
CNN has reported that Clyde refused to go through the metal detectors as he entered the House floor, while Gohmert left the House floor to go to the bathroom and did not stop to be screened a second time.
Gohmert told CNN that he left the House floor on Thursday night to go to the bathroom and did not think he had to be screened in order to return to the floor.
“I went through the metal detector perfectly properly. And as I’ve done for weeks ever since the metal detectors have been here, I was about to speak so I came to the restroom, and I’ve never been wanded or anything because they can see you go in and see you come out. And they said, because I didn’t stop and get wanded, I went and spoke. They made it sound like I avoided the metal detectors,” Gohmert said.
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