House Again Delays Bill Bolstering Security for Supreme Court Justices
WASHINGTON — House Democrats postponed consideration of Senate legislation to bolster protections for Supreme Court justices a day after a man armed with a gun, knife and other weapons was arrested near Judge Brett M’s home Kavanaugh in Maryland.
Democratic aides said the delay would be short as House and Senate negotiators are concerned with the additional protection and whether or not the families of clerks would be given more security. The judges already have security details, but after a draft opinion on a decision overturning abortion rights was leaked, the Senate unanimously approved the decision in May. Supreme Court Police Parity Actwhich would provide police protection to the immediate families of the nine judges and other officers of the court.
“We had hoped we could do it today, but we will definitely do it early next week,” California Democrat Chair Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.
The arrest of Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, on charges of attempted murder of the conservative judge has added urgency to a measure drafted by a Democrat, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, and a Republican, Senator John Cornyn of Texas. But in the House of Representatives it has also become entangled in the partiality of the moment.
Republican leaders on Thursday accused Democrats of only worrying about political violence when it was directed against them, and spent a month sitting on a bill that could pass unanimously by the House. And hours before a prime-time hearing on the January 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, they appeared to try to equate Republican incitement on January 6 with Democratic incitement against Supreme Court justices.
Representative Kevin McCarthy from CaliforniaRepublican leader quoted Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York as warning judges in 2020 that “you won’t know what hit you” if the court continues to hold conservative opinions.
“How often should they be threatened?” asked Mr. McCarthy on the floor of the House. “How many people should be arrested outside their homes with a gun?”
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican Senate leader, similarly said, “Don’t mess with this anymore. They have to pass it on today.”
House Democratic leaders portrayed the delay as a technical, not a political one, saying they wanted a more robust bill than the one passed by the Senate. But they, too, tried to score political points by saying that House Republicans had just voted almost unanimously against the gun-security measures sparked by the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, yet had the courage to feign anger over threats. addressed to judges who already had protective details.
The arrest of a man with a “black tactical box rig and a tactical knife”, a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail punch, a crowbar, a pistol light and duct tape came at a difficult time , in which political violence and gun violence are both prominent topics.
The Jan. 6 hearings begin the day a leading Republican nominee to become Michigan’s next governor was arrested for his participation in the Capitol riot. In addition, the Supreme Court is expected to rule to overturn not only constitutional protections for abortion, but also a law in New York City that severely limits the right to bear arms in public.