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Following protests at Supreme Court Justice’s houses over the weekend, a bill introduced last week granting security for their families unanimously passed the Senate yesterday.
The bill, titled the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, would provide police protection to the immediate families of the nine justices and other officers of the court, if the “Marshal determines such protection is necessary.”
U.S. Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Sen Chris Coons (D-Del) introduced the bill, which will now go before the House of Representatives.
In a statement, Cornyn said that “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.”
Joy Reid’s blogger, Ja’han Jones, however, declared that the bill is “an embarrassment for all involved, and Democrats in particular should be ashamed.”
Jones claimed that it is an obvious “Republican deflection attempt” which has “evolved into actual policy, thanks in large part to Democrats.”
Coons attempted to spin the bill as an “unfortunate necessity” needed to respond to “extremes on both sides of the political spectrum.”
“Millions of Americans who tuned into … Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing couldn’t miss seeing her husband and daughter on national TV. 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 claimed.
It seems pretty clear, however, that Jackson’s confirmation had nothing to do with why the bill ultimately ended up passing.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded today to a question about the whether he was “comfortable” with the protests, “If protests are peaceful, yes.”
“My house, there’s protests three, four times a week outside my house. The American way to peacefully protest is okay,” Schumer claimed.