The new rules are a response to a sit-in staged by House Democrats in June to protest inaction on gun control measures. Democrats sat on the floor of the House for more than 24 hours, forcing the House to adjourn early. To promote their protest while the official House cameras were off, Democrats streamed live video from the House floor using social media, drawing ire from House Republicans.
In protest on Tuesday, some Democrats snapped photos on the House floor before the new rules were passed.
— Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) January 3, 2017
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), one of the leaders of the June sit-in, spoke out against the new rules on Tuesday and said that the fines could have a "chilling effect on members who disagree with the proceeding of this body."
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 3, 2017