February 2nd the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a new regulation requiring members of Congress to be subject to security checks, and members who refuse to cooperate will face a fine of up to 10,000 US dollars.
After the U.S. Congressional riots on January 6, metal detection security gates were erected at several entrances to the House of Representatives to check whether members were carrying weapons.
According to the Washington Post on the 3rd, the House of Representatives passed a new rule on fines for non-inspecting lawmakers by a vote of 216 to 210 against local time on the 2nd.
According to regulations, House security personnel have the right to impose fines on members who do not cooperate with security checks.
Members who violate the regulations for the first time will be fined $5,000 (about RMB 32,000) or $10,000 if they violate again.
If the violating MP fails to pay the fine within 90 days, the fine will be deducted directly from his salary.
According to the report, all Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against this rule, after several Republicans expressed dissatisfaction with the installation of metal detection doors, and even disputes between lawmakers and congressional police.
In response, House Speaker Pelosi issued a statement later in the day saying that many Republicans refused to comply with some basic measures that could protect the safety of Congress, made moves such as bypassing security gates, “disrespecting” congressional police, and even some people still wanted to bring guns into Congress.
Pelosi wrote that making these rules is “regrettable”, but it is “necessary” for the safety of parliamentarians.
According to the report, Pelosi also said in a letter to House Democrats earlier that day that in view of the security threats faced by lawmakers and Congress in recent days, it was necessary to pass an emergency replenishment bill to meet congressional security needs.