Pelosi Seeks Fines for Security Rule Violators: Inaugural Update

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking to impose fines of as much as $10,000 for representatives who violate new security screening rules. Oklahoma lawmakers and their staffs are being told to stay away from the state capitol building in Oklahoma City over potential protests. Washington is temporarily shutting some subway stations near the Capitol to deter travel while security is on high alert.

There are seven days until Biden’s inauguration.

Pelosi Seeks Fines for Security Scanning Violations (8:40 p.m.)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to impose fines on representatives who don’t adhere to new security screening measures put in place after last week’s attack on the Capitol.

“The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense,” Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday night. “The fines will be deducted directly from members’ salaries by the chief administrative officer.” She added that the House would vote on a rule change mandating the penalties later this month.

The heightened safety precautions at the Capitol included a new metal fence and National Guard troops surrounding the building, as well as magnetometers at the doors used by lawmakers heading into the chamber that were implemented by the Democratic majority.

Some Republicans, however, bristled at being scanned before entering the House floor. Pelosi said that “many House Republicans” had been verbally abusive to Capitol Police officers.

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