Sixth House Rep Gets Hit With Security Screening Fine

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Republican House Rep. Lloyd Smucker became the sixth House member to get hit with a $5,000 fine for entering the House floor without going through the newly implemented security screening process. Lawmakers have 30 days to file an appeal to the Ethics Committee after being fined by the House sergeant-at-arms.

According to The Hill:

The Capitol Police report filed with the fine notification states that Smucker entered the House chamber without undergoing a security screening last Wednesday, even though a police officer on duty tried to get his attention.

Police officers later got Smucker’s attention after he had already entered the House chamber. Smucker subsequently went back through the metal detector for a screening after he had already voted on the floor.

So far, the Ethics Committee has upheld fines issued against Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.).

But the Ethics Committee announced last week that it was dropping the fines issued to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).

In February, House Democrats established the fines — $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second — after several lawmakers refused to comply with metal detector screenings instituted after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.


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