Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw faces a $5,000 punishment for avoiding the metal detectors outside the US House chamber, which were installed after the Capitol incident on January 6.
The House Committee on Ethics issued the fine in a news release on Thursday. The Office of the Sergeant at Arms informed the committee on September 27 that Crenshaw had been penalized for circumventing the metal detectors, according to the statement.
According to the statement, Crenshaw has 30 days to appeal the fine to the committee. On Saturday, Crenshaw’s office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
After a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump overcame law police and stormed the Capitol on January 6 as lawmakers were gathering inside to discuss and certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, the metal detectors were placed.
Members of Congress who violate the security procedures face fines of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each successive offense, according to House Resolution 73, which was passed earlier this year. According to a report from HuffPost earlier this year, numerous politicians were seen dodging or attempting to circumvent the metal detectors at the time of their installation.
In February, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the sanctions, saying, “It is regrettable that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe.”
At the time, Crenshaw chastised the metal detectors’ installation as well as the fines.
According to Fox News, Crenshaw stated concerning the detectors and the fines, “When you’re a liberal, there’s a penchant for action, even if that activity isn’t productive.” “Even when virtue-signaling is ineffective, there is a proclivity for virtue-signaling.”
According to Fox News, Crenshaw was one of the Republican members of Congress who chastised Pelosi for avoiding metal detectors in February and not paying the fine.
Crenshaw is the eighth member of Congress to face fines for avoiding metal detectors, according to The Hill. Three fines, including those issued on Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, and Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania, have been upheld by the House Ethics Committee after legislators contested them.
According to The Hill, the committee overturned fines levied on House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, as well as Representatives Hal Rogers of Kentucky and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.