Fines for US lawmakers who refuse to walk through metal detectors

WASHINGTON (AFP) – United States (US) lawmakers who refuse to go through metal detectors installed at the House of Representatives after last week’s Capitol riot will be fined, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said late Wednesday. The fine for the first offence will be USD5,000, and USD10,000 for the second, Pelosi said in a statement. Fines will be docked directly from members’ salaries.

“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi said as she announced the measure.

Tighter safety rules came into effect after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump violently broke into the building on January 6 in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next US president.

Metal detectors were installed at the entrances to the US House in response to the riot.