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Lindsey Graham says he will block Democrats’ effort to pass Supreme Court ethics bill

June 12, 2024

Senator Lindsey Graham, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, plans to block an effort by Senate Democrats to unanimously pass a Supreme Court ethics billon Wednesday, June 12, on the Senate floor, reports NBC News.

“I will object,” Graham (R-South Carolina), told NBC News. Graham’s objection means the bill won’t be able to move forward, because any senator can block a request.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said earlier on Tuesday, June 11, that he would make a unanimous consent request to pass Supreme Court ethics legislation that the panel advanced last July. A unanimous consent is an agreement on any question or matter before the Senate that sets aside a rule of procedure to expedite proceedings.

It isn’t clear whether the measure will come up for a vote under the normal process, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said he’s considering it.

Even before Graham made his comments, Democrats doubted the legislation would advance. “I think I know the outcome, but we’re going to go through the exercise to make sure that both parties are in the record,” Durbin told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The Democratic-led Judiciary Committee advanced the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act on a party-line vote nearly a year ago, but it can’t break a filibuster on the Senate floor without 60 votes. Democrats have 51 members, and no Republican is on board with the bill.

In a news release, Democrats said the vote follows “a myriad of apparent ethical lapses by Supreme Court justices, which demonstrate the need for ethics reform.”

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

The bill would give the court 180 days to adopt and publish a code of conduct—allowing the public to submit ethics complaints that would then be reviewed by a randomly selected panel of lower-court judges. It would also establish new rules for disclosing gifts and travel.

In addition, the legislation would require justices to publicly explain any decisions to recuse from cases.

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