Backed by Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives on June 9, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked a bill to increase security for Supreme Court justices. “Nobody is in danger,” Pelosi asserted to a shouted question at the end of a press conference.
Calls for protection have grown but Pelosi did not agree to a request by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to unanimous consent to take the bill from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) desk so members could vote.
Justices “are protected” and work is being done on proposed alterations to the legislation, Pelosi asserted in her weekly press conference a short time later.
The Senate-passed bill would increase security for justices and their family members.
After a reporter brought up the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life, Pelosi added: “He’s protected. The justices are protected. It’s not about the justices, it’s about the staff and the rest. I don’t know what you’re talking about because evidently you haven’t seen what the language is—there will be a bill, but nobody is in danger.” Pelosi wants staff and clerks included in the bill.
A short time later, McCarthy told reporters in a separate briefing that he was informed of Pelosi’s “nobody is in danger” comment. “I don’t know how she can say that, knowing that you just captured a person who wanted to kill Kavanaugh and his family,” he said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has been tapped to lead negotiations on the legislation for Democrats in the lower chamber.
Hoyer alleged that Roske was stopped by the “present arrangement” of security “but nevertheless we share the gentleman’s concerns for our Supreme Court justices and, frankly, their families.”
Roske was arrested after calling 911 on himself, according to charging documents. Montgomery County police officers made the arrest.