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The Latest: Pelosi wants fines for bypassing House security

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proposing fines of up to $10,000 will be imposed on members who fail to abide by the security protocols of the House.

Wednesday's announcement comes after metal detectors were set up outside the House chamber following last week's attack on the Capitol. Some Republican lawmakers have expressed their displeasure about the new protocol and have been bypassing the metal detector entirely or walking through and not stopping when they set it off.

Pelosi says, "It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People's House must and will be safe." She says, "Many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions."

The fine will be $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second offense. The Democratic-led House will vote on the rule change.

Earlier in the week, she imposed fines for those who fail to wear face masks during the COVID-19 crisis. Both fines will be deducted directly from members' salaries.


8:15 p.m.

President-elect Joe Biden says he hopes the Senate can balance a second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with "other urgent business" as the coronavirus pandemic rages.

In a statement Wednesday evening, Biden did not take a position on whether the Senate should convict Trump after a bipartisan House vote that charged the outgoing president with inciting the violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol last week as Congress convened to certify Biden's presidential election.

Biden blamed Trump for the "armed insurrection" by his supporters. The president-elect called it "an unprecedented assault on our democracy … unlike anything we have witnessed in the 244-year history of our nation."

Besides considering Trump's fate, Biden noted that the Senate will be considering his nominations for key leadership posts and additional COVID-19 relief measures. Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech Thursday outlining his proposals to spur vaccine distribution and for additional economic aid.


8:10 p.m.

Federal officials say a Texas flower shop owner who posted a video on Facebook bragging about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office being broken into during the U.S. Capitol riot last week has been arrested.

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio says the FBI arrested Jenny Cudd and another Midland resident on Wednesday.

They appeared in court Wednesday, and each is charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

Cudd has told The Associated Press that she didn't personally go into Pelosi's office and that she didn't do anything violent or destroy any property.

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