Following previous protests at the residences of certain Supreme Court justices, members of the US Senate backed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would extend security protection to their immediate family members.
The Supreme Court Police Parity Act was passed unanimously, which means that no senators objected to it being passed so quickly.
The congressional campaign comes just one week after Politico published a bombshell leaked draft of an opinion indicating that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade as soon as next month.
The Supreme Court Police Parity Act was presented by Senators 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,” Cornyn said in a statement before the bill’s passage Monday evening.
“We must act to ensure Justices and their families are protected from those who wish to cause them to harm by extending Supreme Court police security to family members.” He added.
“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,” Coons said in the release.
“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.” He concluded.
Pro-abortion rights demonstrators gathered outside the private residences of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in Chevy Chase, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, on Monday night for a vigil outside the house of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who drafted the leaked draft judgment.
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While most protests have been peaceful, law enforcement officials in the nation’s capital have prepared for possible security threats. Last week, contractors constructed an 8-foot-tall non-scalable fence around parts of the Supreme Bench building, as well as concrete Jersey barriers in front of the court.