The Senate voted Monday to increase security services for Supreme Court justices and their families as the nation’s high court deliberate on the issue of abortion.
According to a report by ABC News, the judges and their families will have more security as long as there are concerns about the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The bipartisan bill, which passed by voice vote with no objections, did not provide additional funding, which could come later,” ABC reported.
222″But it aims to put the court on par with the executive and legislative branches, making certain the nine justices are provided security as some protesters have gathered outside their homes. The bill now moves to the House for its consideration.”
Protests have taken form in front of the Supreme Court Building and around the country, as well as in front of the homes of the six Republican-appointed justices believed to be likely to vote to overturn Roe.
The legislation that was passed by the Senate is a technical change that would allow law enforcement to provide around-the-clock security to all immediate family members.
The protection would be more similar to the protection that some executive and legislative branch members receive while in office and even after in some cases.
The legislation was sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del) and John Cornyn (R-TX) with Cornyn calling threats to the justices and their families “disgraceful,” saying that “The House must take up and pass it immediately,” Cornyn said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Joe Biden “strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”