The Hill: Democrats see Supreme Court leverage in spending bills

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Alexander Bolton

This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on June 11, 2024.

More than 60 national organizations, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the AFL-CIO, wrote a letter to senators Monday urging them “to use the full power of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate and respond swiftly to these newest developments in the ongoing ethics crisis at the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The groups also called on the Senate to pass “robust judicial ethics reform legislation” and to “immediately launch an investigation into the latest issues surrounding Justice Alito’s behavior and issue findings into potential violations of the Code of Conduct for Supreme Court justices.”

The groups also cited reporting by ProPublica that Thomas received hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and hospitality from a wealthy Republican donor.

The watchdog group Fix the Court last week reported that Thomas received $4 million in gifts during his time on the court, citing the reporting by ProPublica.

The other signatories included Alliance for Justice, the American Federation of Teachers, the League of Conservation Voters, the NAACP, the National Women’s Law Center and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Durbin last week said he’s not ready to subpoena Alito or Thomas — or Roberts — despite the pressure from progressives.

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