House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday ordered Capitol Police to move the newly installed magnetometers closer to the entrances of the House floor to make it impossible for members to walk around the metal detectors into the chamber.
Pelosi’s demand came after Republican House lawmakers became incensed over the new detectors members are required to walk through, part of new security measures since the attack on the Capitol Jan. 6 by a mob of violent protesters.
“The metal detector policy for the House floor is unnecessary, unconstitutional, and endangers members. I did not comply tonight. I will not comply in the future,” Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy tweeted Tuesday night.
A number of Republican lawmakers vented anger at the new security requirement as they walked through the metal detectors located at each entrance of the chamber. Others simply walked around them.
“Article 1, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution contains specific language prohibiting Members of Congress from being