Supreme Court Families At Risk?

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Thankfully, the Senate wants to protect them.

On Monday the Senate cleared a bill that would allow for Supreme Court justice’s family members to receive security protection. 

The bill which was strongly proposed by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) passed in the Senate unanimously as all 100 senators signed off on the bill. 

Now, the bill will need to pass through the House. 

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“Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated,” Cornyn stated. 

“I’m glad the Senate quickly approved this measure to extend Supreme Court police protection to family members, and the House must take up and pass it immediately,” he continued. 

Coons, also said in a statement that he was “glad to see this bipartisan bill unanimously pass the Senate in order to extend security protection to the families of Supreme Court members.”

The bill would allow the United States Police to provide the Supreme Court family members protection. This would be the same level of security many executives and congressional officials get. 

The bill was introduced by two senators on Thursday as a response to the protests caused by the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion. According to the Politico report five Justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett are all going to vote in favor of the draft overturning Roe v. Wade. 

After the release of the draft opinion, protestors gathered outside the homes of Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts and more groups were planning reports outside Alito’s home. This is part of the reason for the bill relating to extra protection for justices. 

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