McConnell: The House’s SCOTUS protection bill won’t pass the Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared on Monday that the House’s bill to provide protection for the U.S. Supreme Court justices and their staff will not pass the Senate, The Hill reports

This whole situation stems from the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision in the case regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. In that draft, which has yet to become a reality, the court overturns the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. 

Ever since then, conservative members of the Supreme Court have been targeted by pro-abortion activists. We saw the level of danger that these justices are in just recently when an armed man with the intention of killing Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near the justice’s home.

It is for this reason that Congress is looking to pass a piece of legislation to provide further protection for the Supreme Court justices.

The Congressional battle

The Senate has already passed such a piece of legislation. It was drawn up by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and it passed the Senate unanimously.

The House, however, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has refused to go ahead and vote on the Senate’s bill. Instead, it has delayed the matter, and now it appears that it is putting forth its own version of the bill.

The House’s bill is significantly different from the Senate’s in that it includes protection for Supreme Court staffers. It appears that this is the reason why McConnell said that the House’s version of the bill will not pass the Senate.

“The version of the Supreme Court security bill that apparently they’re going to try to pass on suspension tonight is not going to pass the Senate,” McConnell said on Monday afternoon.

“The security issue is related to Supreme Court justices, not nameless staff that no one knows,” he added.

What now?

The bottom line is that it appears that no security bill for the Supreme Court justices is going to be passed soon, that is if the House does go ahead and pass a version of the bill that includes protection for Supreme Court staffers. It remains to be seen whether the House will do so.

It is also unclear why Pelosi continues to delay the matter given the dangers that the justices are in.

Cornyn has accused Pelosi and House Democrats of “playing with fire,” whereas Pelosi has maintained that “the justices are protected.”

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