Metal Detectors Removed From House Chamber Ahead of 118th Congress New Rules Package

The incoming GOP majority removed the metal detectors placed outside the chamber of the House just days before the second anniversary of the Capitol riot.

Magnetometers were installed outside the House chambers in January 2021 as a security measure, and several members were fined thousands of dollars for not passing through them on their way into the chamber.

Although members have not yet been sworn in nor elected a Speaker, the GOP plans to vote on a new rules package for the new Congress that would remove “Democrat fines for failure of Members to comply with unscientific mask mandates and security screenings before entering the House floor,” according to GOP House Rules Committee members.

Rep Lauren Boebert celebrated the removal but wouldn’t say whether she intended to pack heat into the chamber.


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