House Finally Approves Greater Security For Justices

It took nearly a week after an unarmed man threatened to assassinate a sitting Supreme Court justice for the House to approve additional security for the vulnerable families of high court jurists. Even then, 27 Democrats voted against the measure.

Dubbed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, the legislation already cleared the Senate last month by unanimous consent. If all 100 senators agree, normal procedures may be circumvented. The same effort was made in the House.

But not so fast.

The House threw up one roadblock after another to stall passage — even after the attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s life. The would-be assassination packed multiple weapons and tactical gear to the justice’s home, where he lives with his wife and children.

The bill senators saw as a no-brainer even before an armed man flew from California for vengeance on rulings that haven’t even been made stalled in the House.

The push for strengthened security came after the leak of a draft majority opinion written in February. Penned by Justice Kavanaugh, it indicated the court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court term normally ends its session the last week of June or first week of July.

A wave of protests erupted across the country along with firebombs, attacks, vandalism, and disruptions at pro-life centers and even places of worship. And, of course, progressives took to grandstanding.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made a show of filming herself “rushing” up the Capitol steps to breathlessly impede a unanimous consent attempt in the House last week. Her beef with heightened security was that gun control measures of her liking had not passed.

Other left-wing Democrats stalled to push for coverage for clerks and their families. While that provision was not included in the bill’s final language, it allowed the Marshal of the Supreme Court to provide protection for “any officer” of the court in need.

New Jersey representatives wanted to expand the security to federal judges.

Something as basic as more stringent protection for the families of Supreme Court justices, especially now, is an obvious move. Politicizing the decision due to distaste for particular jurists should be beneath even the left, but sadly it’s not.