Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN) received a $5,000 fine for allegedly failing to complete a security screening before entering the House Chamber.
Metal detectors were installed at the House Chamber’s entrance after Jan. 6. The following month, the House approved a resolution enabling the sergeant-at-arms to fine lawmakers who bypass the security measures: $5,000 the first time and $10,000 for additional offenses.
According to an internal memo, Baird “walked around the magnetometer” at a security checkpoint. A Capitol Police officer said he tried to get Baird’s attention by placing his hand on his elbow, telling the congressman he needed to go through a security screening first.
Baird allegedly “made eye contact” with the officer but “proceeded to enter the House floor.”
A spokesperson for Baird said he will appeal the fine and “believes this is a misunderstanding that he looks forward to resolving with the Ethics Committee.”