In the wake of last month’s riot on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced new security measures, including a requirement that elected officials must pass through metal detectors at the Capitol building’s entrance or face hefty fines.
“To impose fines against members”
According to the Daily Caller, the California Democrat bypassed the metal detectors on her way into the building on Friday.
Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), and Bryan Steil (R-WI) banded together to submit a request to House Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett demanding that he assess a $5,000 fine against Pelosi according to the new rules she approved.
The GOP lawmakers cited the House resolution that gives the sergeant at arms the authority “to impose fines against members of the House who fail to complete security screening prior to entering the House Chamber.”
“Walking around the metal detectors”
A number of witnesses reportedly spotted Pelosi bypass the security checkpoint, and the trio of congressmen requested an update from Blodgett when he had accordingly imposed the fine.
For his part, Loudermilk posted a copy of their letter in a tweet on Friday:
Myself, @RodenyDavis and @RepBryanSteil sent the following letter to the SAA asking them to fine @SpeakerPelosi $5,000 for breaking House rules she put into place. Yesterday, members witnessed Speaker Pelosi walking around the metal detectors prior to walking on the House floor. pic.twitter.com/viECe18Qy5
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) February 5, 2021
On the same day that Pelosi reportedly ignored her own security rules, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) were both hit with a $5,000 fine for sidestepping the screening measure.
“Should have been a non-issue”
A senior Democratic Party aide revealed the assessment under the condition of anonymity, according to USA Today, because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Gohmert addressed the situation, claiming that he complied with the rule upon entering the building but did not pass back through the metal detectors after making a trip to the restroom.
“At no time until yesterday did anyone mention the need to be wanded after entering the restroom directly in front of the guards,” he said. “Unlike in the movie The Godfather, there are no toilets with tanks where one could hide a gun, so my reentry onto the House floor should have been a non-issue.”