Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) issued the following statement after introducing the Supreme Court Police Parity Act¸ a bill which would allow the Supreme Court of the United States Police to provide the families of Supreme Court Justices with around-the-clock security protection. Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) is co-authoring the bill in the House, while the Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).
"What we are witnessing is the most significant threat in our history to the sanctity of the Supreme Court and the safety of its Justices," said Rep. Issa. "By acting now, we send an unmistakable message to the mob: Your campaign of harassment and intimidation will not stand."
"The events of the past week have intensified the focus on Supreme Court Justices' families, who are unfortunately facing threats to their safety in today's increasingly polarized political climate," said Sen. Cornyn. "We must act to ensure Justices and their families are protected from those who wish to cause them harm by extending Supreme Court police security to family members."
"The future of our democracy, three branches of government, separation of powers, depends on an independent judicial branch," said Rep. Correa. "Our Supreme Court justices should be safeguarded from political persecution and intimidation. We must allow judges to carry out their tasks without fearing for their safety. Supreme Court justices and their staff must be protected. The right to free speech is guaranteed by our constitution -- violence and threats are not. The third branch of our government, the Supreme Court, must be independent, on the job and at home."