Pelosi Statement Announcing Rule Change Mandating Fines for Refusing to Follow New Chamber Security Screening Protocols

January 13, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced that, when returning to session on January 21, the House will vote on a rule change mandating fines for Members who refuse to follow new screening protocols for the House Chamber:

“On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for the valor that they showed during the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, as they protected the lives of the staff and the Congress.

“Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe.  The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections.  The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense.  The fines will be deducted directly from Members’ salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer. 

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