Republican Senator Says Ban On Cameras In Capitol Will Help Protect ATM PINs

Also: "[I]f you're tripping over cords if you're walking out, that's a problem."

By Eric Shorey

The Senate is currently attempting to ban interviews in the Capital unless they are obtained with previous permission in an obvious attempt to curtail journalistic investigation into a variety of political ongoings. Now, as a justification for the new ban, a Republican senator is absurdly claiming the ban will help protect peoples' ATM PINs.

More specifically: the ban on cameras prevents reporters from conducting interviews in hallways at the Capitol building. The ban was put in place unilaterally by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican, without consulting the panel's top Democrat, Amy Klobuchar, according to The Hill

"There are a couple of examples where, number one, folks have been at ATM machines and folks who have been using cameras — I want to keep my PIN private," Scott told reporters. "Number two, if you're tripping over cords if you're walking out, that's a problem."

Users on Twitter noted that Senator Scott has used the ATM located in a hallway at the Capitol, despite how unsafe it may or may not have been.

Republican Senator Richard Burr was even seen leaving his card in the machine. Journalists, however, did not attempt to steal money from the Republican. Instead, they notified him of his error, according to The Week.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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