27 House Dems vote against SCOTUS protection bill

Fox News reports that no less than 27 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against a bill to increase security for members of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Additionally, those 27 House Democrats did so less than a week after a man tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Background

Conservative Supreme Court justices have been among those targeted by pro-abortion advocates following the recent leak of the court’s draft decision in which the justices overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. It is clear that these advocates are trying to use intimidation tactics in order to try to get their way.

In response to this, Republicans, in particular, have been calling for increased security for the Supreme Court justices.

Just recently, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act. The vote was 100–0, which was a clear sign that everybody, regardless of one’s party, was in favor of providing more protection for the justices.

In the U.S. House, though, it was a completely different story.

For the longest time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to even vote on the Supreme Court Police Parity Act. But, she finally did so this week.

The latest

On Tuesday, the House did indeed vote in favor of passing the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, but not by a unanimous tally. Rather, the final vote tally was 396–27.

Those 27 House members were all Democrats. The list includes the likes of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Praimla Jayapal (D-WA), Cori Bush (D-MO), and others.

Why did these Democrats vote against the bill?

By and large, it appears to be because the bill did not contain protection for Supreme Court staff members and their families. You’ll have to excuse the irony — that these Democrat lawmakers who voted against providing further protection for the justices already have the sort of protection that they would deny to the justices.

Regardless, the Supreme Court Police Parity Act is now heading to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed. The is every indication to believe that he will do so.

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