And immediately after the Kavanaugh threat became public, upper-chamber GOP leader Mitch McConnell publicly prodded the House to act,
House Democrats are now “assessing options for quick consideration” of the security bill next week, according to a Democratic aide who spoke candidly on condition of anonymity. The chamber also faced a floor time crunch on Thursday, as dozens of members prepared to leave early this afternoon to attend the Summit of the Americas.
“I think that House Judiciary Chairman Nadler is intent on making sure that we can cover as many people who are vulnerable as possible and I agree with that stance, and I hope that we can accomplish that,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee’s subpanel overseeing federal courts and wanted legislation to cover law clerks and staff.
Some progressives had also objected to the potential fast-tracking of the security legislation.
“There were some murmurings that there was an attempt to pass it by unanimous consent,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.). “I think the day after these hearings with gun violence, I personally feel that it is insensitive and sends the wrong message for Congress to move swiftly on that matter, but to not move swiftly to protect our kids.”