Gohmert loses appeal of fine for bypassing House chamber metal detector

Gohmert loses appeal of fine for bypassing House chamber metal detector


Rep. Louie Gohmert must pay a fine imposed on him for refusing to submit to a metal detector outside the House chamber last month.

A majority of the House Ethics Committee “did not agree to the appeal,” Chairman Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, and ranking member Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Republican, said in a statement.

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Gohmert, a Texas Republican, filed a written appeal after he was notified Feb. 4 by acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett that he must pay a $5,000 fine for “failure to complete security screening” prior to walking into the House chamber.

The chamber’s doors have since Jan. 12 been blocked by metal detectors installed by Democrats, who say they are fearful of certain Republican members wielding firearms on the House floor.

The move angered many Republicans, but Gohmert said he complied nonetheless.

It was when he exited the

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