On Tuesday over two dozen House Democrats voted against a bill that would allow Supreme Court justices and their families extra protection.
The legislation, titled the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, had passed the House in a 396-27 vote. Democrats were the only ones opposing the legislation, while three Republicans and one Democrat abstained from voting.
The bill which had moved unanimously through the Senate last month is now on the way to President Biden’s desk for final approval.
The measure would give “around-the-clock security protection” to family members of Supreme Court justices as well as “any officer” working for them if the court marshal thinks it is necessary. These measures of protection would be similar to those other officials in the executive and legislative branches have.
The 27 Democrats who voted “no” on the bill included Reps. Joyce Beatty (Ohio), Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Jesús García (Ill.), Sylvia Garcia (Texas), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Steven Horsford (Nevada), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Tom Malinowski (N.J.), Marie Newman (Ill.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Albio Sires (N.J.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Norma Torres (Calif.), Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.).
After the vote, Sherrill, Gottheimer, Watson Coleman, Sires, Pascrell, and Malinowski released a statement saying that while they “fully support expanding security for Supreme Court Justices and their families,” they thought federal judges and their families should also be granted protection.
“We stood alongside our friend Judge Esther Salas and voted no today because we could not support passing legislation that continues to ignore the pleas of all federal judges for greater security. Federal judges regularly face threats to their safety as well as their families due to their work to protect our communities and our democracy,” they wrote.
“We believe that Congress had a strong opportunity to improve protections for all federal judges, but the Senate abdicated its responsibility when it ignored our calls for the inclusion of the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act in this bill.”
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Republicans expressed an increased urgency to pass the bill last week, after a man who said he wanted to kill Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near the justice’s home and charged with attempted murder.