Cornyn says House Democrats are making ‘unnecessary’ changes to Supreme Court justices security bill

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EXCLUSIVE: Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn calls on House Democrats to stop stalling and act with a sense of ‘urgency’ to pass legislation he introduced to strengthen security protections for court judges supreme amid ongoing protests outside their homes.

Dubbed the Supreme Court’s Policing Parity Act, the measure was introduced by Cornyn and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., amid ongoing protests over a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that noted that federal abortion protections granted under Roe v. Wade could soon be knocked down.

The measure would provide Supreme Court justices and their family members with round-the-clock security protection. The legislation also allows Supreme Court police to arrest individuals who interfere with the court’s ability to perform its functions and creates a penal sanction for persons who obstruct or impede these functions.

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Senator John Cornyn in Washington, DC, in August 2021.
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While the bill passed in a unanimous vote by the Senate, Democratic leaders in the House have yet to put the measure to a vote.

Speaking to Fox News Digital on Thursday evening about the stalled progress of the legislation, Cornyn said the House was trying to make “unnecessary” additions to the measure to include protections for lawyers and other law enforcement personnel. the Supreme Court.

“Now the House wants to do things like add lawyers and other staff to this, which is really unnecessary because virtually all lawyers are anonymous,” he said. “They’re not very visible or recognizable the way judges are, so they’re unlikely to need that kind of protection. Also, our staff here, even in Congress, don’t have that kind of protection. .”

Pro-abortion protesters outside the home of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
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Pro-abortion protesters outside the home of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
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Cornyn said he thinks the ongoing blocking of the measure by House Democrats is “just a case of people trying to take something that’s a good bill that can pass quickly and make it more complicated and delay its final examination”.

Referencing remarks made by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Cornyn said he believed there was “universal agreement” that those who threaten or commit violence against judges should be held accountable.

When asked if he thought progressives within the Democratic Party would support the measure, Cornyn said he thought they would and insisted it shouldn’t be a matter of partisanship. .

Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
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The Texas senator also expressed concern that some members of Congress are “afraid of alienating” or “irritating” those protesting outside the homes of justice by voting in favor of the measure. “Sometimes you just have to rise above your partisan interests and do what’s important,” he said.

“While they are on the Supreme Court, the justices are pretty well protected, but two of the justices have school-age children,” Cornyn said, stressing the need for a successful run through the House. “They leave to go to court where they are protected and their children are left at home or at school and are vulnerable to threats or intimidation. When Judge Jackson takes over from Judge Breyer, it will go from two judges with families of three.”

Cornyn said there was a “sense of urgency” to act on the measure as the protests are happening now.

Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington.

Protesters demonstrate outside the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington.
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“Congress can’t afford to try to do something in six months, it will be too late,” he said. “I think we’d all be sorry if something happened because Congress didn’t act in a timely manner to provide that protection.”

Pro-abortion activist groups have been protesting outside the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito and others for several days. Several protesters have been associated with pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us.

The House Democratic leadership did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Anders Hagstrom of Fox News contributed to this article.

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