Members of the house could be fined and referred to the ethics Commission, if you break the rules for electronic video and pictures in the house chamber, under a new rule proposed by house Republicans, more than six months after the Democrats ” guerrilla-sit-in on gun control.
Fox News has obtained a document spelling out the proposed penalties. The house Republicans beat the sanctioning of the members with a fine of $ 500 for the first offense and $2,500 for additional offenses.
“Each subsequent attack will be assessed at the higher amount, regardless of whether it is connected, all other offenses by time or proximity,” the proposal reads.
In addition, the legislature can also block of house Democrats have with their sit-in in June, if you are called to vote on bills to strengthen background checks and apart from firearms sales to people, the government, the no-fly list. The sit-in lasted for over 24 hours, unfolded less than two weeks after the massacre at the pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., vowed Monday not to back down. He tweeted that house Republicans could fine him and other Democrats “all the way into bankruptcy… but we always speak for the victims.”
The video output is of particular interest. In-house cameras monitored the off the body a lot during the sit-in, because the house was declared in the break. To the rule, these cameras are not switched off when the house is meeting. But thanks to the iPhone, Facebook and other social media services, Democrats bypassed these rules and in the Alps-in the life.
Blow the Republican attacks promised action and begged the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., punish Democrats. But the Republican brass resisted, in order to “poke the bear” and an incentive for another sit-in just before the election.
It is believed that such a maneuver, the hands have played directly into the Democrats.
When asked over the summer about possible penalties, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pulled no punches.
“Bring it on,” dared the California Democrat.
The entire house, it will change on the approval of the proposed rules, when the new Congress begins in January.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.