Owens Co-Signs Letter to Pelosi Calling for an Urgent Vote on Bill to Protect Supreme Court Justices and Their Families

May 19, 2022
Congress
Press

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-signed a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to bring the Senate-passed Supreme Court Police Parity Act of 2022 to the House Floor for a vote. The bipartisan, bicameral bill allows the Supreme Court of the United States Police to provide the families of Supreme Court Justices with around-the-clock security protection.

In the letter, the members write: “The leak of the draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was an extreme departure from Supreme Court procedure, which led to dangerous protests at the private residences of the Justices, threats to their wellbeing, and threats to their family members. While we support the First Amendment right of those displeased with the draft opinion to peacefully assemble and protest, attempting to obstruct justice through protesting at a “residence occupied or used by a justice and threats of violence against the justice, or their families cannot be tolerated and should be unequivocally condemned.”

The members conclude: “The apolitical nature of the United States judiciary is why the Supreme Court is one of our nation’s most respected institutions. Justices must stay above the fray of partisan politics to protect and interpret the Constitution as they were appointed to do. S. 4160/H.R. 7705 will provide security for the family of Supreme Court justices, similar to officials in the executive and legislative branches. Congress must respond and ensure that our colleagues across the street and their families are safe. We urge you to immediately bring this legislation to the House floor.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

###

Recent Posts


Feb 29, 2024
Congress

Owens Backs Pioneering Bill: A New Frontier in U.S. Education

WASHINGTON – Higher Education and Workforce Development Chairman Burgess Owens (UT-04) joined Reps. Glenn Grothman (WI-06) and Brittany Pettersen (CO-07) to introduce the Empowering Learners through Competency-Based Education Act, which will assist universities in cultivating learning environments that will allow students to learn at their own pace, called competency-based education (CBE), in an effort to […]



Feb 29, 2024
Congress

Owens Exposes Hypocrisy and Divisiveness of DEI

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, March 7, at 10:15 a.m. ET, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), will hold a hearing titled “Divisive, Excessive, Ineffective: The Real Impact of DEI on College Campuses.”“Growing up in segregation, bathrooms, water fountains, and schools were separate. While America has made significant […]



Feb 5, 2024
Congress

Utah Congressional Delegation Announces Passport Fairs in Coordination with State Department

Utahns can obtain passport services at five events throughout the state from February 13 – 17 Representative Burgess Owens (UT-04) joined U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives John Curtis (UT-03), Blake Moore (UT-01), and Celeste Maloy (UT-02), in coordination with the Department of State, to announce five “Passport Fairs” throughout the […]