McConnell: House Democrats Must Immediately Stop Blocking Supreme Court Security Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court:

“First, just moments ago, the Washington Post published an extremely disturbing report.

“According to the reports, a man in his mid-20s was stopped near the home of a Supreme Court Justice carrying a weapon and burglary tools.

“He reportedly told police he intended to murder the Justice.

“Reportedly he indicated he was angry at the decision he thinks the Court may reach in an upcoming case, in light of the unconscionable leak from a few weeks back.

“This is where we are, Mr. President. If these reports are correct, an assassination attempt against a sitting Justice, or something close to it.

“This is exactly the kind of event that many feared that terrible breach of the Court’s rules and norms could fuel.

“This is exactly the kind of event that many worried the unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric from prominent figures toward the Court, going back many months, and especially in recent weeks, could make more likely.

“This is exactly why the Senate passed legislation very shortly after the leak to enhance the police protection for the Justices and their families. This is commonsense, noncontroversial legislation that passed this chamber unanimously.

“But House Democrats have spent weeks blocking it. The House Democratic majority has refused to take it up.

“That needs to change. Right now. House Democrats must pass this bill and they must do it today.

“House Democrats need to stop their multi-week blockade against the Supreme Court security bill and pass it before the sun sets today.

“I will have more to say on this subject as the facts continue to unfold.”


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