Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Enhancing Supreme Court Security

As the Biden administration remained inactive in protecting the members of the Supreme Court, the Senate unanimously approved a bill on Monday that is designed to increase security for justices and their families.

The vote followed days of protests outside the homes of several members of the court after a draft opinion leaked last week indicating the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Supreme Court Police Parity Act. The bill provides police protection to the immediate family members of the court’s justices and other officers of the court. The additional protection is triggered when the Supreme Court Marshall “determines such protection is necessary.”

The bill is an amendment to existing federal law that provides for police protection for the justices personally.

Cornyn issued a statement saying attempts to “intimidate Supreme Court Justices by the Radical Left are sadly nothing new.” He added they are “dangerous nonetheless” and Congress must act to protect members of the court in the event the protests turn violent.

Coons joined Cornyn’s statement by saying he is “glad to see this bipartisan bill unanimously pass the Senate.”

The bill would authorize Supreme Court police officers to arrest persons who interfere with the court in performing its duties. It also creates a new criminal penalty for anyone who impedes or obstructs the court. The bill must be approved by the House and signed into law by President Biden in order to be enacted.

The protests were expected to continue through at least Wednesday, when the activist group “Ruth Sent Us” planned protests targeting the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.

The “Ruth Sent Us” website said that the “6-3 extremist” court routinely issues rulings that “hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights.” The site says the group intends to use a “diversity of tactics” to “rise up to force accountability.”

Google removed a post on the group’s site listing the home addresses of each justice.