Biden signs bill to extend security for SCOTUS justices and family members

President Joe Biden has signed a bill that will provide increased security for Supreme Court justices and their family members following the attempted murder of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Biden signed the bill on Thursday after the measure passed in the House despite 27 Democrats voting against it.

The Bill

“The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), was passed by the House earlier this week, and the Senate approved the measure last month. The law will add an amendment to Title 40 of the U.S. Code, to provide the Supreme Court with “security-related authorities equivalent to the legislative and executive branches,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“Now, any ‘immediate family’ members of the high court justices can be covered by the security presently provided to justices if the marshal of the Supreme Court ‘determines such protection is necessary,’ according to the text of the legislation,” it added.

Growing safety concerns

The signing of the bill came one day after the attempted murderer was indicted.

“The assassination attempt angered many Republicans, some of whom accused Democrats of inciting the plot,” the Conservative Brief noted.

“For instance, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) over what he saw as a thinly veiled threat against both Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch if they joined a ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade,” it added.

The new bill follows growing safety concerns from abortion activists following a leaked Supreme Court opinion on a pro-life case last month.

As the case’s ruling announced, the added security hopes to help against any additional threats.

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