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Members of Congress who refuse to go through newly installed metal detectors to enter the House Chamber will pay.

Saying it’s a tragic but necessary step right now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says all members must go thru the metal detectors to keep the people’s House safe.

But some lawmakers have refused including Texas Republicans Chip Roy and Louis Gohmert, so the House is imposing fines.

Starting next week members of Congress who refuse will be fined $5,000 for their first refusal, $10,000 for the second, and they’ll have to pay. The fines will be deducted from paychecks.

Earlier this week the House agreed to fine lawmakers who refused to wear masks on the House floor, those fines range from 500 to $2,500.

Biden health pick Rachel Levine set to become first trans Senate confirmee
Biden nominates Levine for assistant health secretary role
President-elect hails ‘historic and deeply qualified choice’
Dr Levine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in May. Levine has been leading Pennsylvania’s Covid response.
Dr Rachel Levine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in May. Levine has been leading Pennsylvania’s Covid response. Photograph: Joe Hermitt/AP
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Tue 19 Jan 2021 09.15 EST

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Joe Biden has chosen Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s health secretary, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine would be the first ever openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate.

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Levine, a pediatrician by training, has spent the last year as the public face of Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 response. Previously, she spearheaded an adolescent health clinic at Penn State before she was appointed as physician general by the state’s governor, Tom Wolf, and then unanimously confirmed as secretary of health in 2017.

“Dr Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic – no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability – and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”

A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She has written in the past on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine.

Levine is already one of the few transgender elected officials in the country. When she was tapped by Wolf for health secretary, she said she sat down to have one-on-one conversations with officials to talk about medicine and public health, according to the Washington Post.

“With very few exceptions, my being transgender is not an issue,” she told the Post.

But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t faced harmful rhetoric and discrimination. Amid discussion over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom bill, the chairman of the Texas Republican party once tweeted: “You’re in a public restroom and this person walks in. What do you do?” Attached to the post was a photo of Levine.

In her new post, Levine would serve with Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, and coronavirus response coordinator, Jeff Zients.

Alex Jones ranting against QAnon has now been watched more than two million times.

The Infowars host, who has previously pushed QAnon-based conspiracy theories, denounced them in an angry tirade during his show last week, which quickly went viral on Twitter.

The video has now been watched more than 2.1 million times on Twitter alone and has also been shared widely across the social media platform.

It comes after supporters of the conspiracy theory, which believes Donald Trump is waging a secret war against high-profile Satanic pedophiles, were among the crowd who stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday.

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