House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is holding up the passage of a piece of legislation that would provide extra security for U.S. Supreme Court justices, the Daily Wire reports.
Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), have been urging the immediate passage of the bill following the recent incident involving Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Earlier this week, there were reports that an armed man was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home. The man, who was from California, is reported to have told police that he wanted to kill Kavanaugh.
It is in response to this that McCarthy and other Republicans called for the immediate passage of the legislation, which the U.S. Senate has already unanimously passed. But, Pelosi is refusing to even call a vote in the House.
“We could do it today, but . . .”
Pelosi attempted to explain to reporters why she is preventing the passage of the bill on Thursday. She suggested that House Democrats are not satisfied with the language of the bill.
“We had hoped that we could do it today but we certainly will do it at the beginning of next week,” Pelosi claimed.
Pelosi, during the press briefing, was really taken to task by one reporter in particular, who pointed out the urgency of the situation given the recent attempted assassination of Kavanaugh. Pelosi was perturbed by the line of questioning.
“The justices are protected,” Pelosi said. “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.”
“There will be a bill,” Pelosi added, after the reporter pressed her again on the issue. “Nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill.”
McCarthy responded to Pelosi’s comments at the press briefing in a tweet that he released later in the day.
“For the second time, House Democrats BLOCKED a bill to provide more security for Supreme Court justices and their families,” McCarthy said. “Speaker Pelosi has been sitting on this bill for a month and today claimed ‘nobody is in danger.'”
“She should tell that to the Kavanaugh family,” McCarthy added.