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Graham, Sinema Introduce Bill to Permanently Reauthorize Security for Supreme Court Justices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) today introduced a bill to provide permanent additional security for U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I’m very pleased to be working with Senator Sinema on this necessary legislation to protect the Supreme Court. We live in volatile times and this bill will permanently reauthorize security for the Supreme Court Justices when they travel outside the grounds of the Court,” said Graham. “The rule of law is one of the fundamental principles of democracy, and we should do all we can to protect our judicial institutions. I’m certain this bill will become law.”

“Permanently renewing the Supreme Court’s security is a smart use of taxpayer dollars and ensures the Court’s police have the resources they need to protect our Justices,” said Sinema.

Background on Reauthorizing Security for Supreme Court Justices:

  • The current authorization to provide security for Justices outside of Supreme Court grounds expires on December 29, 2019.
  • Permanent reauthorization would provide Supreme Court Police the resources and ability to deal with gaps in security caused by temporary reauthorizations.
  • This legislation would allow Justices to be protected domestically and internationally if necessary, mirroring the authority given to the Capitol Police and Secret Service as they protect members of Congress and the President.

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