Connecticut’s U.S. senators have taken umbrage over remarks by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that rejected the notion of Congress having regulatory oversight powers over the court.

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Alito responded to efforts by Senate Democrats to create new legislation that invent an ethics code for Supreme Court justices following several articles alleging Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas engaged in ethically dubious activities with wealthy benefactors. Alito stated the justices voluntarily follow disclosure statutes that are applicable to lower court judges and members of the executive branch officials, but he balked at whether Congress could mandate requirements over the justices.

“Congress did not create the Supreme Court,” he said, noting the tricameral government structure was created with in the Constitution. “I know this is a controversial view, but I’m willing to say it. No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court—period.”

Alito’s comments did not sit well with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who derided the justice’s comments on Twitter.

“If Justice Alito is willing to expound to the Wall Street Journal that Congress has no authority over the Court, he should come before Congress to tell us directly why—in testimony before the Judiciary Committee,” he tweeted. “And while he’s there, we can talk about ethical lapses & a Supreme Court code of conduct.”

Sen. Chris Murphy also took offense at Alito’s remarks, calling them “stunningly wrong.”

“It is just wrong on the facts to say that Congress doesn’t have anything to do with the rules guiding the Supreme Court,” Murphy claimed in a CNN interview on Sunday. “In fact, from the very beginning, Congress has set those rules.”

Democratic criticism of the conservative-majority Supreme Court has grown over the past year following the court’s overturn of the Roe v. Wade – and even President Biden has been openly critical, stating it was “not a normal court.”