House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the metal detector fines imposed on lawmakers who breach security protocol despite one of her top lieutenants getting snagged for bypassing one of the chamber magnetometers.
“I think that they are protecting the members of Congress, and if people have a disagreement on the charge that was made, then they can appeal it. And that’s what’s happened,” Pelosi told the Washington Examiner during her weekly press conference.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina was fined $5,000 by the Capitol Police last week for breaching a lower chamber entrance metal detector, making him the first Democrat to be penalized for the violation. Clyburn, the third-highest House Democrat, filed an appeal to the House Ethics Committee.
The first penalty results in a $5,000 fine, and a second violation amounts to a $10,000 fine. Three other House lawmakers, Republican Reps. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Hal Rogers