House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) denied House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s (R-CA) second unanimous consent request to immediately pass a Supreme Court security bill on Thursday, announcing that the House will vote on the bill next week.
Though McCarthy, a California Republican, had made a unanimous consent request on the House floor to bring the legislation for a vote, Democrats failed to comply with this proposal.
“We had hoped that we could do it today but we certainly will do it at the beginning of next week,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday. Her remarks came after authorities arrested a man near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s home who allegedly said he wanted to kill the justice.
The speaker of the house also told reporters that the justices are protected, firing back at a reporter who pointed out that there was an attempted assassination, “The justices are protected. This issue is not about the justices, it’s about staff and the rest. The justices are protected; you saw the attorney general even double down on that.”
“But this is about security for the justices; an armed man showed up near Justice Kavanaugh’s house,” the reporter persisted, to which Pelosi responded, “We are working together on the bill that the Senate will be able to approve of … we can pass whatever we want here, we want it to be able to pass the Senate. So I don’t know what you’re talking about because evidently you haven’t seen what the … language is.”
“There will be a bill,” she added. “Nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill.”
On Wednesday, Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill told The Daily Wire that Pelosi “believes that violence against public officials has no place in civilized society” and that the house speaker “condemns this abhorrent criminal act.”
McCarthy heavily criticized House Democrats for blocking the bill in a Thursday tweet.
“Speaker Pelosi has been sitting on this bill for a month and today claimed ‘nobody is in danger,’” he said. “She should tell that to the Kavanaugh family.”
The Senate passed the legislation unanimously in May, but it has been stalled in the House of Representatives, prompting sharp criticism from Republicans who say that the bill should be passed immediately to protect the justices. House Democrats reportedly want the bill to also include protection for clerks and other Supreme Court staff.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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