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Pelosi docks $5K from pay of GOP Reps. Gohmert, Clyde over metal detectors

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has docked $5,000 each from the pay of two Republican congressmen who defied her new metal detectors, a senior Democratic aide confirms to The Post.

Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) are the first to be hit with the dramatic fine, which is taken directly from their $174,000 salaries.

A second offense will cost $10,000 under a policy imposed last month by Pelosi (D-Calif.) and ratified by the House this week after Republicans walked around the metal detectors or marched through them without stopping.

The metal detectors were installed just outside the House chamber after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said she intended to bring a Glock onto the House floor.

That was shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot during which supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the building and disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory, leaving five dead.

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng tweeted last month: “This isn’t really helpful in terms of potential future rioters but it’s actually to help protect us from our own colleagues.”

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Some Republicans, including Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), said they would defy the metal detectors on principle because they believe the Constitution says lawmakers cannot be detained coming or going from the floor.

Roy and Massie, who both previously breezed through the detectors without stopping when they flashed red, were not among the first to face fines.

Pelosi separately imposed a $500 fine last month for legislators who don’t wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second offense costs $2,500. That rule brought into quick compliance a group of conservative Republicans who had declined to wear masks on the House floor.

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