House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reveling in the prospect of an entirely Democrat-controlled government and is asserting her power with gleeful abandon.
Pelosi’s most recent edict comes in response to several GOP Representatives that object to the recent installation of metal detectors installed on Tuesday at the entrance of the House chamber. Pelosi furiously responded to objections by introducing fines of up to $10,000 for lawmakers that evade the scanners.
Fines start at $5,000 for the initial offense and climb to $10,000 for additional violations. Pelosi’s decision comes after freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) set off a metal detector but refused to turn over her bag for inspection.
GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Chip Roy (R-TX), Steve Womack (R-AR), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) voiced their objections to the installation, and some lawmakers have been seen simply walking around the devices to enter the chamber, infuriating Pelosi.
“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 opened a statement issued on Wednesday.
“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. The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections,” she continued.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi concluded.
Many Democrats have demonstrated uncharacteristic concern for the safety of Capitol police officers since last week’s riots, despite cheering on violent demonstrations that consumed Washington D.C. for months during the summer that specifically targeted these very same officers.
Gohmert responded to the metal detectors’ installation by declaring that he will not be stopped from walking around the scanners, noting that “Article 1, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution contains specific language prohibiting Members of Congress from being impeded on the way to a session of the House or to a vote. This is harassment. We need protection from the Speaker, not each other.”