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Republicans want new protections for Supreme Court justices

Republicans want new protections for Supreme Court justices
The federal judiciary may get $774.4 million for court security in a GOP-led spending bill for fiscal 2025.

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The U.S. House Financial Service and General Government Subcommittee has advanced a Republican-drafted bill that would provide increased funding for the security of U.S. Supreme Court justices. The $23.608 billion Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2025 includes a 4 percent increase in funding for court security, with the federal judiciary receiving $774.4 million for this purpose. The U.S. Supreme Court would also receive increased funding for the protection of the justices' homes. This comes in response to a significant increase in threats against federal judges, with the U.S. Marshals Service reporting more than double the number of serious threats in fiscal 2023 compared to fiscal 2021. The bill also includes discretionary spending for various government entities and is now headed to the full House Appropriations Committee for a vote. The bill is expected to face resistance from Democrats. Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Cole, a Republican, has stated that the bill aims to protect taxpayers and support the integrity of the financial and judicial systems. Meanwhile, the committee's ranking member, Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat, has criticized the bill for proposing cuts to critical agencies.