House Democratic leadership didn’t agree to the vote because they want a broader bill that would include enhanced security, which could include extending protection to clerks and other staff.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer during an exchange on the floor why Democratic leadership hadn’t put the bill to a vote after it unanimously passed the Senate.
“I think it’s a very relevant question,” Hoyer said in response. “Hopefully can move that as early as possible. I want to tell the gentleman the reason he thought that it might be moving this morning was because last night I thought I had after discussions with Sen. 科宁, a way forward both the Senate and the House could agree on. Unfortunately this morning that appeared not to be the case.”
That back-and-forth had been preceded by a heated phone call between Hoyer and McCarthy earlier in the day, one GOP source familiar with the matter said.
The GOP source characterized the lawmakers’ argument over the phone Thursday morning as a “尖叫比赛,” after Hoyer informed McCarthy that House Democrats were not planning to unanimously and quickly clear the Senate-passed bill.
A Hoyer spokesperson said they did not comment on private member conversations.
Hoyer told McCarthy on that phone call that Democrats wanted to amend the bill to include protections for court staff. 但麦卡锡推后, 争辩说他们现在应该在立法者离开城镇之前通过参议院法案，并在他们回来时通过其余的法案, 根据共和党来源.
McCarthy also accused Democrats of an unnecessary delay and warned Hoyer that he would raise the issue publicly if Hoyer followed through with his plan, 消息来源补充说.
信守诺言, 麦卡锡后来前往众议院并试图提出参议院法案以立即投票, 但被拒绝. 麦卡锡随后前往新闻发布会, 他通过抱怨民主党人搁置该法案来开场白.
Their heated conversation — which was first reported by Punchbowl News — is notable given that the pair normally has a cordial relationship. But tensions have been high between them ever since the select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection subpoenaed McCarthy to appear before it.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said earlier Thursday that the House is “ready to move” on the bill, telling reporters that “we’re ready to meet with them and resolve our differences” on the legislation.
“What happened this week with Justice Kavanaugh is a reminder that we live in a dangerous place, and these people are vulnerable and we should protect them,” Durbin said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been critical of the House for its inaction on the legislation, and on Thursday he slammed Pelosi for what he called a “dangerous dereliction of duty” for slow-walking its passage.
“Inexplicably, this urgent and uncontroversial bill has been sitting on Speaker Pelosi’s desk ever since,” 他说. “The same House Democrats whose irresponsible rhetoric has contributed to this dangerous climate are themselves blocking added security for the judges and their spouses and their children.”
民主党参议员. Chris Coons of Delaware told CNN on Wednesday he is still working with the House on a compromise to enhance security, which could include extending protection to clerks and other staff.
“I’ve actually been engaging with several House members about how we come to a negotiated compromise on that bill and move it forward promptly,” said Coons, noting that the main sticking point is “a relatively simple issue of whether or not the scope of it also includes clerks and other staff.”
There has been a rise in threats against the court amid the national abortion rights debate and protests that have taken place across the US. The Department of Homeland Security issued a memo last month warning law enforcement that there are potential threats to members of the Supreme Court after a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked.