Court Hears GOP Reps’ Suit Against Capitol Security

Courthouse News reports:

U.S. House Republicans argue in the D.C. Circuit that a resolution passed following the January 6 insurrection was unconstitutional. Massachusetts Democrat Rep. James P. McGovern introduced House Resolution 73 in early February 2021.

The resolution authorizes the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives to impose a fine of $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for any subsequent violation against a member for failure to complete security screening for entrance to the House chamber.

The plaintiffs consist of current Reps. Andrew Clyde and Lloyd Smucker, along with former Rep. Louie Gohmert. The suit names former Sergeant-at-Arms William J. Walker and current Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor as the defendants. The plaintiffs argue in their brief that only Republicans were fined for skipping the security checkpoint.

Read the full article. The security measures were rescinded when Republicans took control of the House.