Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested she will begin fining members of Congress who refuse to go through metal detectors on their way into work at least $5,000 each time they evade a search, per a statement the Speaker’s office released late Wednesday.
The United States Capitol installed the metal detectors just days after a violent mob attempted to overtake the building. The attack, which killed five people and wounded dozens more, resulted in more than 150 arrests so far, and more arrests — and more charges — are expected. Following the incident, Capitol Police and the Secret Service greatly increased security across the U.S. Capitol and its grounds, installing 7-foot deterrent fences, activating uniformed federal law enforcement, and installing a series of metal detectors at entrances.
Several Republican lawmakers challenged the security measures on Tuesday and Wednesday, in some cases pushing right past the metal detectors or challenging Capitol Police officers directly, refusing to allow law