22 Democrats who voted against expanded SCOTUS protections endorsed increased security for themselves after January 6

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Twenty-two of the 27 House Democrats who voted against a bill to expand security protections for the Supreme Court on Tuesday voted to increase their security in 2021 following the January 6 Capitol uprising.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill to increase security for the immediate families of Supreme Court justices, with 27 Democrats voting against the measure, less than a week after a man was arrested on suspicion of plotting. to kill Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The bill now going to President Biden’s desk for final approval provides 24-hour protection for the families of Supreme Court justices, similar to what has already been provided for some members of the executive and legislative power.

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Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal, he was part of a group of Democrats who demanded an increase in the representation allowances of their members to pay for personal security.
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The House voted 396-27, approving the measure that had already been unanimously passed in the Senate in May just days after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggested plans to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Democrats who opposed the Supreme Court’s Police Equality Act argued that it should also include the protection of court staff, including employees, and their families, as well as all federal judges.

Many of the same Democrats who voted “no” on the bill voted “yes” last May on an expanded budget of $ 1.9 billion for extra security for the Capitol after the January 6 uprising. That measure, which was narrowly passed by the House without a single Republican vote, included millions of dollars in increased security funding for federal judges and members of Congress, including their district offices in the United States, as well as security. travel for members of Congress.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., And Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who both voted against the bill on Tuesday, were part of a group of Democrats who sent a letter to President Nancy Pelosi in weeks following the January 6 Capitol uprising calling for an increase in their members’ representation allowances, or MRAs, to pay for personal safety in their home districts by hiring local law enforcement and other personnel.

Rep Veronica Escobar of Texas was one of the Democrats who voted against the bill that increases security protections for Supreme Court judges and their families.  Escobar pictured here at a 2019 audition.

Rep Veronica Escobar of Texas was one of the Democrats who voted against the bill that increases security protections for Supreme Court judges and their families. Escobar pictured here at a 2019 audition.
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At the time, Pelosi argued that members of Congress would not have to tap into their MRAs for security reasons and that a supplementary appropriation bill would be needed. Months later, Jayapal, Escobar and 20 other Democrats who voted against the bill on Tuesday voted in favor of the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act to increase their own security.

When reached by Fox News Digital asking why they voted for one bill and not the other, several New Jersey Democrats pointed to a press release Tuesday stating that while they support increased security for judges, the bill didn’t go far enough.

“We fully support the expansion of security for Supreme Court judges and their families. We also strongly believe that such expanded protections should apply to federal judges and their families, who face similar threats, with less protective resources,” reads the Joint New Jersey Press Release Democratic Representatives Mikie Sherrill, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Albio Sires, Bill Pascrell, Tom Malinowski and Josh Gottheimer.

“On July 19, 2020, a man who had appeared before Judge Esther Salas in her court came to her door dressed as a FedEx delivery boy. He found his address with an easy online search. His only son, 20-year-old Daniel, has opened the door to her house and was shot and killed 3 times. Her husband was shot and is still recovering, “they wrote. “We believe Congress had a strong opportunity to improve protections for all federal judges, but the Senate abdicated its responsibilities when it ignored our requests to include the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act in this bill. We will not stop fighting for the necessary safeguards that our federal judiciary deserves ”.

Representative Mikie Sherrill, DNJ, voted against the bill that increases security measures for Supreme Court judges and their families.  Sherrill pictured here at a 2020 press conference.

Representative Mikie Sherrill, DNJ, voted against the bill that increases security measures for Supreme Court judges and their families. Sherrill pictured here at a 2020 press conference.
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Rep Donald Payne, a New Jersey Democrat who also voted against the bill on Tuesday, was not included in his colleagues’ press release. His office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Rep Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., Who voted for increased security in Congress last year but against the bill on Tuesday, explained his no in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“Supreme Court judges are in the spotlight, as are members of Congress and federal judges,” he said. “These individuals, along with their families and staff members, regularly face threats of violence against themselves, their homes, their workplace or other public settings. Although it is unfortunate that any public official requires more safety while fulfilling its responsibilities and providing services to the public, we must ensure that adequate protections are provided to public officials, as well as to family members and staff members, who may be in danger. ”

Representative Steven Horsford, D-Nev., Criticized the swift passage of the Supreme Court bill in connection with the inaction of Congress on gun control.

“As innocent lives are being lost in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa and in the daily massacres, Republicans in the Senate have acted swiftly to increase security for the Supreme Court,” Horsford said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. “They should act just as swiftly to protect the innocent lives of our children and so many other victims of the gun violence that occurs EVERY DAY across our country by approving the common-sense gun safety reforms that the vast majority of Americans support and demand. “.

Jayapal and Escobar’s offices did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Escobar told NBC News that he voted against the Supreme Court bill because he wants greater protection for abortion providers and “patients and staff who are vulnerable every day especially because of the actions of this Supreme Court.”

Requests sent to the remaining 11 Democrats who voted against Tuesday’s bill were not immediately returned. They include Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. Rep. Chuy Garcia, D-Ill., Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, DN.Y., Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., Rep. Nydia Velazquez, DN.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

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Grijalva told the Arizona Republic that he voted against the legislation because it excluded protections for Supreme Court personnel.

“I am concerned about the speed at which Republicans are willing to act to protect the Supreme Court, but not the lives of children from gun violence,” Grijalva told the outlet. “Supreme Court justices would continue to have federal protection without this legislation. I voted against the Senate version of the bill because it didn’t go far enough to extend protections to Supreme Court justice employees and the rest of the federal college.” .