(PresidentialInsider.com)- Earlier this month, the US Senate passed through unanimous consent a bill expanding security protection to Supreme Court Justices and their families in the wake of violence and threats of violence against conservative justices after Politico published the leaked draft opinion by Samuel Alito.
But now, that same bill is languishing in the Democrat-controlled House where Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to bring it to a vote.
In a recent press briefing, Pelosi appeared to express opposition to the Senate bill, insisting that law enforcement officials should be the ones to determine whether the threats to the justices warrant a response.
When asked if she would bring the Senate bill to a vote, Pelosi dodged the question, saying it would depend on whether there are any threats against the justices and determining that should be up to law enforcement.
Some House Democrats claim that the Senate bill doesn’t go far enough, arguing that some clerks and staffers at the Supreme Court are also facing threats and increased protection for them should be included in the bill.
And last week, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) blasted House Democrats for slow-walking the bill.
According to CNN’s Manu Raju, the reporter who chases after lawmakers in the halls of Congress, Senator Durbin expressed concern over the House’s failure to act on the bill.
While he supports the idea of expanding the bill to include staffers and clerks, Durbin told Raju that the House shouldn’t hold up the process as a way to achieve that goal.
You can understand why a Democrat would object to Pelosi slow-walking a bill to keep Supreme Court justices safe.
The optics are terrible.
Homeland Security recently released a memo warning of potential violence against members of the Court from radical activists on both the Left and the Right.
Durbin may be an idiot, but he’s no political fool.
He knows that Democrats are going to have a hard time pretending Republicans are the ones who embrace extremism and violence if the Democrat House remains unwilling to take action to protect the justices from violent extremists.