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On Wednesday, House Democrats again pushed back on consideration of Senate-approved legislation that would provide additional protections for Supreme Court justices – just a day after the man was charged with attempting to murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday applied for unanimous consent to introduce the bill that would increase security for judges in the House for consideration Tuesday and Wednesday, following the arrest and the indictment of 26-year-old Nicholas Roske, who allegedly intended to commit a murder-suicide plot against Kavanaugh at his Maryland home.
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The Senate last month unanimously passed a bill amid protests at the justices’ homes over a leaked draft opinion saying the High Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.
House Democrats want to expand the Supreme Court’s measure to include the safety of other court workers. But it has remained stagnant as the Supreme Court nears the end of its term.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said there would be a vote on the bill, but it would be delayed until at least next week.
McCarthy, in the House on Thursday, criticized Democrats for wanting to leave Washington and take a long weekend without raising the measure for consideration.
“How many times do they need to be threatened? How many people need to be arrested with a gun outside their homes? What would have happened if he hadn’t called 911. He didn’t just have a gun fire… he had ties. But somehow you want to leave,” McCarthy said. “That bill could be on the president’s desk right now.”
McCarthy pointed to comments by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., in 2020, in which he said Kavanaugh would “pay the price.”
“Let’s not forget what Majority Leader Schumer shouted from the steps of the Supreme Court. What did he say? Madam President, I want you to listen to these words, and I want you to think to those words,” McCarthy said. “What do you think the American public would think Schumer was telling them to do? He said, ‘You’ll pay the price. You won’t know what will hit you if you go ahead with these horrible decisions. “”
McCarthy said he doesn’t know “if this young man yesterday with this gun and his zip ties that was at Judge Kavanaugh’s home, if he listened to this, and that’s why he left.”
“I don’t know. But I know it’s wrong,” he said. “I know we can change that. I know we can protect them.”
Schumer then backtracked on some of those comments and said the words “didn’t come out the way I expected”, trying to explain that his point was that there would be political consequences if the Supreme Court “removed a woman’s right to choose”. .”
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But McCarthy stressed Thursday that if the bill goes up for consideration, “every Republican” would vote to pass it.
“I promise you. Every Republican on this side would give unanimous consent to pass this and send it to the president and protect the Supreme Court,” McCarthy said. “Enough is enough.”
He added: “I know the Democrats want to defund the police. I know what they want to do across the country, but that’s wrong. It’s pure politics. And it has to happen. stop there, Madam President.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also criticized Democrats for blocking consideration of the bill, calling it a “failure ashamed of duty”.
“Why won’t Speaker Pelosi stop blocking a bipartisan security bill that passed the Senate unanimously?” McConnell said, “It’s hard to avoid concluding that perhaps some Democrats may want this dangerous climate hanging over the heads of the justices as they complete their terms.”
He added: “A disgraceful dereliction of duty. It’s against the rule of law.”
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As for Pelosi, D-Calif., she claimed judges were “protected” and argued that the bill should also include protection for Supreme Court staff.
“The judges are protected,” Pelosi said Thursday at a press conference. “They’re working together on the bill that the Senate can pass because – we can pass whatever we want – we want it to pass the Senate.”
She added: “I don’t know what you’re talking about…there will be a bill, but no one is in danger this weekend because we don’t have a bill.”
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The heavily armed Roske’s arrest came hours before the Supreme Court revealed on Wednesday that it had not ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, extending the wait for its opinion, which should overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion.
President Biden condemned Roske’s actions on Wednesday in “the strongest terms” and the White House stressed that he supports legislation to fund increased security for Supreme Court justices.