After a slew of cell phone videos emerged of the Democrats’ infamous 24-hour sit-in, where they demanded stronger gun control, the Republicans are proposing a new rule that would prevent such videos from occurring again.
The Democratic sit-in was less than two weeks after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
By rule, in-house cameras are switched off when House members are not meeting. Therefore, the cameras were switched off during most of the sit-in, as the House was declared in recess. Democrats bypassed those rules back in June and broadcast their sit-in live via cell phones.
The newly proposed rule would allow House members to be fined and referred to the Ethics Committee if they used personal electronics to obtain video or pictures in the House chamber.
House Republicans are proposing sanctions of a $500 fine for the first offense and $2,500 for additional offenses based on a document that contains the proposed fines obtained by Fox News.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted saying that the House can fine him and his peers “all the way into bankruptcy… but we will always speak for victims.”
The proposed rule will also ensure that people cannot block the well of the House in order for business as usual to occur.
AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, “These changes will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people’s work.”
Many Republicans called on Speaker Ryan to penalize the Democrats for their demonstration, however, it was felt that any reaction would have been exactly what the Democrats would have wanted.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked about such sanctions being established. Her response: “Bring it on.”
In order for the proposed rule to take effect, the entire House will have to approve the rule when the new Congress starts in January.
H/T: Fox News
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