House passes bill to increase safety for families of SCOTUS judges

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The House on Tuesday passed a bill to extend Supreme Court police protections to justices’ families, a week after a man was charged with the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Why is this important: After the leaked Supreme Court draft document indicating that the court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices have prompted calls for increased security.

Driving the news: The bill passed by a large bipartisan vote, 396 to 27, and was first introduced by the senses. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in May. The measure was approved by the Senate last month by unanimous consent.

  • The measure is now heading to President Biden’s office.

All the “no’s” were Democrats.

  • Most Democrats in the New Jersey delegation voted against the bill because it does not extend to lower court judges, according to an aide to one of the members.
  • Rep. Mikie Sherill (DN.J.) introduced a bill creating a way for judges to protect their personal information after the 2020 shooting of a New Jersey federal judge’s home, but the legislation is stalled in committee .
  • Other Democrats voted against the bill because they wanted it tied to legislation to protect abortion providers, according to Policy.

State of play: The bill stalled in the House for nearly a month after passing the Senate, drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers.

  • “If this information is correct, an assassination attempt on a sitting judge, or something close to it,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week. CNN reports.
  • “This is exactly the kind of event that many feared a terrible breach of the Court’s rules and standards could fuel,” McConnell added, and criticized the House for not passing the security measure sooner. .
  • House Democrats had sought to expand the scope of the bill to include protections for employees and other staff.

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