Senate Passes Bill Expanding Security For Families Of SCOTUS Justices

The Senate on Monday passed a bipartisan bill that would expand security protections to the family members of Supreme Court justices.

The bill,the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, would allow the Supreme Court of the United States Police to provide the families of Supreme Court Justices with around-the-clock security protection.

The introduction and swift passage of the bill comes as pro-abortion rights protestors gathered outside the private homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in Chevy Chase, Maryland, over the weekend.

While the protests have been peaceful, law enforcement officials have been bracing for larger protests, not only in and around Washington D.C., but nationwide, as Americans continue to react to the leaked draft opinion from the court, which shows the Justices are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks.

The bill was introduced last week by Sens. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.

“The events of the past week have intensified the focus on Supreme Court Justices’ families, who are unfortunately facing threats to their safety in today’s increasingly polarized political climate,” said Cornyn in a news release ahead of the bill’s passage Monday evening. “We must act to ensure Justices and their families are protected from those who wish to cause them harm by extending Supreme Court police security to family members.”
Coons added in the release: “If the families of Supreme Court Justices have the same profile and exposure as the highest-ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection. We must take threats that come from extremes on both sides of the political spectrum against Supreme Court Justices seriously, and that makes this bill an unfortunate necessity.”

The measure passed the Senate via unanimous consent, meaning no senators objected to its quick passage. The House must also pass the legislation before going to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

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