House Democrats this week blocked a bill that would have provided more security for Supreme Court Justices on the same day as a suspect was arrested for trying to murder Justice Kavanaugh.
On the floor of the House, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) requested that S. 4160 be brought up for a vote without debate. The Senate passed S. 4160 by a unanimous vote. The bill would have provided more protection for the justices’ family members.
Despite McCarthy’s demand, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats refused to follow through on his request to have the bill taken up for a vote.
Congressman McCarthy slammed the House Democrats for not voting on the bill, noting that it came on the same day a man was arrested for allegedly planning to gun down Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
During the early morning hours on Wednesday, police arrested a suspect near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home. The California man was subsequently charged with attempted murder. McCarthy added:
“A suspect was detained today for allegedly planning to murder Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. More protection for Supreme Court justices and their families was unanimously passed over a month ago in the Senate. However, House Democrats have neglected to do so. This is the same party whose inflammatory comments have urged political pressure on judges who are aligned with President Trump.”
According to McCarthy, the Biden White House encouraged protesters to gather on the justices’ doorstep.
“Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary, stated, ‘I know there’s an outrage now, I guess, about peaceful protests to date. We certainly do continue to urge that. Outside of justices’ homes. And that’s the President’s position,’” McCarthy added.
McCarthy also brought up comments by Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer that conservative justices “would pay the price” for issuing an abortion ruling he didn’t like. McCarthy continued:
“And Majority Leader Schumer warned, ‘You’ve unleashed a whirlwind that you will pay the consequences for. You won’t know what hits you if you go ahead with these terrible judgments.’ Mr. Speaker, with comments like that, and threats like these, Congress can’t afford to wait any longer.”
“We have an obligation to safeguard the court, judges, and their families from violence and intimidation. And we can meet that responsibility right now by sending this bill to the President’s desk as soon as possible,” McCarthy concluded.