House metal detectors are GOP lawmakers’ latest concern over speaker’s powers

Centralized decision-making powers by the House speaker, an increasing trend for more than a quarter-century under the leadership of both parties, is reaching a boiling point for some GOP lawmakers.

They say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes too many decisions unilaterally that too often place restrictions on the entire chamber. That includes installation of metal detectors at entry points to the House chamber, violations of which trigger fines of $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second one, and mandates that lawmakers wear masks on the House floor.

Pelosi and her leadership team say they’re commonsense solutions to beefing up security after the Jan. 6 Capitol
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