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GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw fined $5,000 for refusing to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol 


Nancy Pelosi fines GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw $5,000 for refusing to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol

  • The House Committee on Ethics said that the fine will come directly from Crenshaw’s paycheck giving him no opportunity to refuse to pay
  • House lawmakers are fined $5,000 for their first offense bypassing the detectors and $10,000 for subsequent offenses
  • Crenshaw’s offense allegedly occurred on Sept. 23, when he entered the Republican cloakroom without passing through metal detectors


Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was fined $5,000 on Wednesday for bypassing House metal detectors that Democrats installed after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

The House Committee on Ethics said that the fine will come directly from Crenshaw’s paycheck giving him no opportunity to refuse to pay. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced House Resolution 73 after the Capitol riot, which authorizes the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives to impose a fine $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for any subsequent offense against any member of Congress for failing to comply with the security screening for entrance to the House chamber.

Crenshaw’s offense allegedly occurred on Sept. 23, when he entered the Republican cloakroom without passing through metal detectors at placed at the entrance of the House chamber. It was the first time he was caught avoiding security, though he’s spoken out against the metal detectors before.

The Texas Republican could not be reached for comment on the fine, but he’s spoken out against the detectors and subsequent fines before.

‘When you’re a liberal there’s a propensity for action, even if that action is not effective,’ Crenshaw said in February. ‘There’s a propensity for virtue-signaling even when that signaling is not effective.’ 

Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was fined $5,000 for bypassing House metal detectors that Democrats installed after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Metal detectors were installed in the corridor around the House of Representatives after the Jan. 6 riot

Metal detectors were installed in the corridor around the House of Representatives after the Jan. 6 riot 

Republicans have spoken out against the metal detectors

Republicans have spoken out against the metal detectors 

The House Ethics Committee has upheld fines against three Republicans who filed appeals against their noncompliance cases – Reps. Louie Gohmert, Texas, Andrew Clyde, Ga., and Lloyd Smucker, Pa. 

Three other lawmakers have convinced the committee to drop their fines – Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. 

In February, Republicans cried out for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pay the fine she imposed after Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., claimed he saw the speaker bypass security by entering the House from a forbidden entrance in February. 

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., was prevented from bringing a gun onto the House floor after he set off metal detectors in January. 

Members are allowed to have guns in their offices but not on the House floor.  

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., clashed with Capitol Police when she refused to hand over a bag that set off the metal detectors while entering the building that same month.  

Gohmert and Rep. Andrew S. Clyde, R-Ga., filed a lawsuit in June arguing the detectors were unconstitutional as they argued that the screening rule was enforced for Republicans but let slide for Democrats.

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