Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw has been charged with violating House rules and is subject to a $5,000 fine for bypassing metal detectors before entering the House Chamber.
“The Committee notes that the mandatory publication of a fine notification does not itself reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee. Pursuant to Section 1(b)(1) of House Resolution 73, Representative Crenshaw may appeal the fine to the Committee,” a press release by the House Committee on Ethics said.
Upon a determination regarding any appeal or if no appeal is received within 30 days of the Member’s notification of the fine, the Committee will make a further public statement regarding this matter,” the release added.
Crenshaw is not the only lawmaker to receive a citation for bypassing the Capitol’s metal detectors. The Hill reported in August that Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga as the sixth lawmaker to be fined.
The metal detectors were installed after the Jan. 6 riot that took place at the Capitol. Many have spoken out against the security measure as unnecessary.
House Resolution 73 “authorizes the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives to impose a fine $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for any subsequent offense against any member of Congress for failing to comply with the security screening for entrance to the House chamber,” according to Fox News.
The incident took place on Sept. 23. The same day, Crenshaw posted a strongly worded video from his speech in the Capitol.
I spoke on the House floor about Joe Biden’s dereliction of duty on our southern border. This crisis is out of control, and Democrats have no intention of fixing it.
We need to stop pretending that the left takes illegal immigration seriously.
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) September 23, 2021
Crenshaw has yet to publicly respond to the reported fine.