The recent alleged attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh brought new urgency to a piece of legislation previously passed by the Senate to increase security for Supreme Court justices and their families that was finally passed by the House this week following a lengthy delay.
There were 27 House Democrats who voted against that bill, yet 22 of those same House Democrats had voted in favor of increasing their own security in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021, Fox News reported.
The Supreme Court Police Parity Act, which passed the Senate unanimously in early May, was finally approved by the House on Tuesday by a vote of 396-27, and President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Friday.
That new law will now extend 24-hour federal protection to Supreme Court justices and their immediate families, similar to the protection already extended to certain senior executive and legislative officials.
Variety of unrelated excuses for “No” votes
Fox News reached out to all 27 Democrats who voted against the bill to find out why they had opposed the measure to boost security for Supreme Court justices and their families and received varying responses from some and no response at all from 11 of them.
One of the reasons cited for some of the “No” votes as well as the delay in the passage was a demand from Democrats that the increased security measures also be extended to all Supreme Court clerks and staffers, according to Axios.
Still others had insisted that the round-the-clock protections should also have been extended to all federal judges and employees in the lower courts.
Some even wanted to tie that bill directly to a separate House measure that would extend federal protection to abortion providers, such as Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who told reporters that protection was necessary because of “patients and staff who are vulnerable everyday especially because of the actions of this Supreme Court.”
Voted for increased security for themselves but not Supreme Court justices
Fox News noted that 22 of those 27 House Democrats who voted this week against providing increased security for Supreme Court justices and their families had had no problem voting in favor of increased protection for themselves just one year ago.
That was a bill passed in May 2021 that appropriated $1.9 billion specifically for additional security measures at the U.S. Capitol building as well as security for members while traveling and at their home district offices. Some of that money even went toward boosting security for federal judges.
The measure had come about after some House Democrats had complained about having to use money from their taxpayer-funded Members’ Representational Allowance to hire private security or local law enforcement for protection in the wake of the Capitol riot.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) agreed that members needed the extra security and helped pass the bill to boost their own protections, but, just one year later, the same grace received by those complaining Democrats was not extended to sitting Supreme Court justices — despite obvious heightened threats of death and violence and disturbingly incessant angry protests outside the private homes of Republican-appointed jurists.