The metal detectors installed at the entrances to the House of Representatives after the January 6 break in the U.S. Capitol will remain for the time being, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said Thursday.
“As long as there is a threat, we will have to have protection,” Pelosi told reporters in Washington.
She responded to a question as to whether there was a plan to remove the detectors. She did not want to answer a follow-up question, but moved to another reporter and was not asked again.
Earlier this week, representatives Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) Sued house officials over fines they were beaten for refusing to go through the whistleblowers.
Gohmert and Clyde said a number of Democrats, including Pelosi, were not fined despite going to the detectives. They claim the resolution is in violation of the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which deals with compensation for members of Congress, and another section that provides that the House may punish its members, but only for disorderly conduct.
A resolution passed in February calls for a $ 5,000 fine for the first time someone avoids the detectives and $ 10,000 for each subsequent violation of the rule.
The appeals of the representatives on the House Ethics Committee were rejected.
Two other members successfully appealed fines: James Clyburn (DS.C.), the House Majority Whip, and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). A majority of the committee agreed to the appeal anyway. The panel consists of five Democrats and five Republicans.
Another member, Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-Texas), was notified last month that he had been fined for allegedly violating the resolution.