WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 House Democratic chief, Rep. Jim Clyburn, has been fined $5,000 after Capitol Police reported he prevented being screened earlier than coming into the House chamber, the House Ethics Committee stated Friday.
The South Carolina congressman, 80, is serving his 15th time period within the House. He has appealed the superb, the committee stated in a press release.
Clyburn is the primary Democrat to be fined underneath safety screening guidelines the House imposed this 12 months after the violent Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Three Republicans have been fined, most just lately Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers, who’s 83 and has additionally appealed.
Clyburn entered the chamber Tuesday and “deliberately avoided being screened by refusing to submit to screening,” in keeping with a Capitol Police memorandum launched by the ethics panel. A handwritten report stated Clyburn “walked around” a steel detector.
The new rule has been a partisan flashpoint, underscoring tensions and mistrust between the 2 events for the reason that assault. Some Republicans have reacted hostilely to the brand new requirement, asserting it infringes on their privateness. Democrats have been receptive, with some voicing issues that some GOP lawmakers is likely to be harmful.
Lawmakers are allowed to hold firearms in a lot of the Capitol and its grounds, however not into the House chamber. The public shouldn’t be allowed to hold weapons in or across the Capitol.
A Clyburn spokesperson confirmed that the lawmaker was interesting the superb however declined to remark additional.
The fines are deducted from members’ salaries.