Following the passage of health care reform, Democrats involved in supporting the bill have raised levels of security due to violence and threats from the right.
The New York Times reports that Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, along with other House members, have raised alarms about their personal safety after receiving death threats and other acts of harassment due to Sunday’s vote to pass President Barack Obama’s reform bill.
It was stated that multiple Congressional district offices had been vandalized along with numerous Democratic representatives being harassed and receiving hate calls. House members recently met with FBI officers to gain information on proper security procedures before leaving Washington, D.C., for a two-week recess.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi provided insight on the matter.
"What we want to be sure is that people know that these threats have no place in our country," she said. "We have a legitimate disagreement. We have passed landmark legislation, and there are strong differences of opinion about it. Our Constitution allows us to have a lively debate in that regard, and that does not include threats to violence."
Republican representatives have supported House members in this issue, pushing republican citizens to use ways to counter legislation other than violence and harassment.
– Jovan Bland