House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw a roadblock in front of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) second unanimous consent to immediately pass a Supreme Court security bill on Thursday.
On Wednesday, a man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home with a gun and other weapons. After calling 911 on himself and telling the dispatcher he intended to kill Kavanaugh, police arrived and took him into custody.
McCarthy blasted the other side of the political aisle for wanting to leave Washington for a long weekend rather than do due diligence and pass the legislation for the Justices’ security that passed the Senate unanimously last month but has languished in the House.
“How many times do they have to be threatened? How many people have to be arrested with a gun outside their home?” McCarthy roared. “This bill could be on the president’s desk right now.”
However, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said there would be a vote, but not until next week, opting for the long weekend instead of security.
Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi told reporters in a press conference, “The Justice is protected…This issue is not about the Justice; it’s about staff and the rest…..Nobody is in danger over the weekend by our not having a bill,”
Consequently, McCarthy took to Twitter to bulldoze Pelosi’s “not now, maybe later” attitude.
For the second time, House Democrats BLOCKED a bill to provide more security for Supreme Court justices and their families.
Speaker Pelosi has been sitting on this bill for a month and today claimed “nobody is in danger”.
She should tell that to the Kavanaugh family. pic.twitter.com/4HPqZC3MMN
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 9, 2022