GOP House Leadership is expected to roll out a rules change package to prevent lawmakers from doing anything similar to Democrats’ anti-gun protest on the House floor in June.
Democrats broke a number of rules during the sit-in, which lasted more than 24 hours. Violations included live streaming the event on social media and fundraising from the floor. Shortly after the occurrence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with the sergeant at arms to review the violations to determine the best way to address the issue. While their plans for disciplinary action took months, McCarthy assured throughout the process repercussions would be brought forward to prevent future instances.
The proposed changes are slated to include fines up to $500 for a first offense of broadcasting from the House floor, which would be bumped up to $2,500 for repeated offenses, Bloomberg first reported. The fines would be deducted directly from lawmakers’ paychecks.
The package is also expected to clearly define what is considered disruptive during floor proceedings. The House Committee on Ethics would likely deal with violators, who could face sanctions for their misconduct.
The final version is expected to be rolled out Jan. 3.
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