Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., sought a quick floor vote Thursday on his bill to allow justices and other federal judges to demand their personal information, such as home addresses, be wiped off the internet. The bill was approved by the Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support in December.
Menendez’s argument: the urgency shown Monday for the Supreme Court protection bill. “That went through lightning speed, that didn’t even have a hearing, didn’t go through the process of the Judiciary Committee like this bill has,” Menendez said.
But something more typical of the Senate happened: Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who wants the bill to also give that power to members of Congress, blocked the floor action. Paul cited the mass shootings in 2011 that wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a constituent event, and a 2017 attack that severely injured Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
At a House Judiciary Committee markup Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., twice attempted to get unanimous consent to vote on a House version of the Supreme Court protection bill. Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., objected.
Issa, who introduced the bill Tuesday, called the protests outside justices’ homes an “imminent threat” to their safety. And Issa said the bill comes “at a time in which the threat is real, and it is current, and it is clearly intimidation.”