Pelosi: Lawmakers who bypass House metal detectors will be fined

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned lawmakers that from next week those who attempt to enter the House Chamber without going through newly installed metal detectors will be fined.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi goes through a magnetometer before entering the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 14 (UPI) --

The California Democrat announced in a statement Wednesday the Democrat-controlled House will vote on the new rule Jan. 21 to fine lawmakers who bypass the metal detectors to enter the Chamber $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for a second offense.

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"It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People's House must and will be safe," she said.

Metal detectors were installed at entrances to the House Chambers on Tuesday after supporters of President Donald Trump mobbed the building a week earlier, resulting in at least five deaths.

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