House Passes Bill Beefing Up Security for Supreme Court Justices’ Families Roughly a Week After Threat to Brett Kavanaugh’s Life


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The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021; Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Just less than a week after a man in the midst of a self-described mental health crisis allegedly threatened to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to beef up the security of Supreme Court justices’ families.

The bill passed by a margin of 396-27 in the House.

When initially brought forward by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Dela.) more than a month ago, it passed by unanimous consent but reportedly stagnated. Then, momentum from the protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes following the leak of a draft opinion in a pending case that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The legislation, which will go to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature, provides for 24-hour protection for Supreme Court justices’ immediate families.

Cornyn and Coons say that the law would provide the type of security that’s in line with what certain executive and legislative branch members currently receive. All of the nay votes are reportedly Democrats, but some Democrats blamed Republicans for a delay on the bill’s passage. Republicans opposed another version of the bill that would also have protected the families’ of Supreme Court employees, beyond the justices.

The passage of the bill came quickly after a California man was charged in connection with a threat on Kavanaugh’s life.

On June 8, an armed man approached Kavanaugh’s home at around 1:50 a.m., carrying a pistol


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