'Don't touch me': Lawmakers vent frustrations over new metal detectors outside House floor

'Don't touch me': Lawmakers vent frustrations over new metal detectors outside House floor


The new metal detectors installed outside each door of the House chamber intended as an extra security measure in the wake of the Capitol siege caused problems on the first days for lawmakers not used to going through the screening process normally reserved for staffers, reporters, and visitors at official entrances on Capitol Hill grounds.

The metal detectors will be permanently installed at all doors to the House chamber as well as in the entrance of the press gallery. However, lines outside the metal detectors continue to grow, and emotions were tense Tuesday night.

“This is bullshit,“ House Administration Chairman Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican, told U.S. Capitol Police as he walked through the metal detectors.

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Arkansas Republican Rep. Steve Womack snapped at law enforcement manning the new metal detectors installed at one of the entrances of the chamber. “You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of,” he yelled, adding that it would

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