Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Supreme Court Security | Radio WGN 720

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by: MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Monday to bolster security for Supreme Court justices, ensuring they and their families are protected while the court deliberates on abortion access. and on whether to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade.

The bipartisan bill, which passed on a no-objection vote, did not provide for additional funding, which could come later. But it aims to put the court on an equal footing with the executive and legislative branches, ensuring the safety of the nine justices as some protesters gathered outside their homes. The bill is now returned to the House for consideration.

Protests erupted outside the Supreme Court and across the country after a leaked draft opinion suggested a majority of conservatives on the court are willing to end the Roe v Constitutional right to abortion. . Wade, almost 50 years old.

The legislation is a technical change that allows Supreme Court law enforcement to provide round-the-clock security to immediate family members in accordance with the Executive and Legislative Protections of Certain Persons. It was sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Cornyn said threats against Supreme Court justices and their families are “shameful” and attempts to bully the independence of the judiciary should not be tolerated.

“The House needs to pass it and pass it immediately,” Cornyn said.

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