Democrats Block Bill Providing Additional Security for Supreme Court Justices

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House Democrats on Wednesday stalled a bill that would have provided additional security for Supreme Court Justices on the same day a man was arrested for attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made a unanimous consent request on the House floor to bring up S. 4160 for a vote. S. 4160, which passed the Senate by a unanimous vote, would have allocated additional security for the justices’ family members.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2 

Despite McCarthy’s request, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats failed to comply with McCarthy’s proposal to bring the bill to vote.

McCarthy condemned the House Democrats for their refusal to vote on the bill and noted that their refusal came on the same day a man was arrested for plotting to kill Justice Kavanaugh.

In the early morning hours Wednesday, law enforcement arrested a man near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home. Authorities later charged the California man with attempted murder. McCarthy said:

Earlier today, a man was arrested for plotting to kill justice Kavanaugh. Over a month ago, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to provide more security for Supreme Court justices and their family. But House Democrats have let that Bill gather dust. This is the same party whose heated rhetoric has encouraged political pressure on conservative justices.

As McCarthy noted, President Joe Biden’s White House encouraged protests on the front steps of justices’ homes.

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