House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reacted to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill by implementing strict new security measures in the chamber.
In response to a rule requiring lawmakers to pass through metal detectors before accessing the House floor, two GOP members have decided to challenge Pelosi’s decree in court.
“An unconstitutional policy”
Furthermore, the pair claims that the requirement is being selectively used to target Republicans.
According to the Daily Caller, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) filed their lawsuit this week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Although the speaker implemented the rule, Gohmert and Clyde named House Sergeant at Arms William Walker and House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor as defendants.
In their complaint, the congressmen said a rule ostensibly meant to clear all entrants of potential security risks has actually been used to single out members of their party.
“Upon information and belief, Speaker Pelosi has instituted an unconstitutional policy of enforcing the Screening Rule against only members of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, and exempting members of the Democratic majority from its enforcement, resulting in only Republican members being fined and having their congressional salaries reduced, all for the purpose of creating a false narrative for the political benefit of the House Democratic majority,” the court document asserts.
“Reign of terror”
Clyde and other House Republicans have allegedly been forced to choose whether to miss votes or skip the screening process, thereby incurring steep fines, even as Democratic members were waved through the security checkpoints.
Among the lawmakers’ claims are that the fines themselves violate the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states: “No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”
Also at issue in the complaint is an Article I, Section 5 provision addressing the punishment of legislators for disorderly behavior.
In a statement on his official website, Gohmert proclaimed that he and Clyde “are taking a stand against the reign of terror” that Pelosi has brought about in the House of Representatives.
“We will continue the fight to uphold the Constitution and bring these injustices to light and, in this case, to court,” he concluded.