Supreme Court again blocks California Covid restriction on religious activities

Supreme Court again blocks California Covid restriction on religious activities

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told Doocy that while looking into court packing was one of the things the commission would be looking into, that would not be the entirety of their research.

The number of Supreme Court justices has remained at nine since 1869, but Congress has the power to change the number and did so several times before that.

Last fall, Biden proposed a presidential commission when he was a candidate, partly as an alternative to "court-packing" efforts from some leftist members of the Democratic party. She noted that while Biden's order asks the committee to investigate expanding the court, she added that it will also investigate the court's role in the constitutional system and the idea of instituting term limits for justices.

This new White House commission is being led by Bob Bauer, a former White House counsel under President Obama, and Cristina Rodriguez, a Yale Law School professor who worked as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel under Obama. "The threat of court-packing is meant to make the Justices think twice about rulings that progressives dislike". Some Democrats and liberal activists have said all options including expansion must be considered to counter an entrenched conservative majority that could threaten abortion rights, civil rights, gun control and access to healthcare in the coming years.

The confirmation process triggered outrage from many Democrats, who pointed to the US Senate Republican leadership's refusal even to hold hearings for president Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick in early 2016, much less a vote, on grounds that it was too close to that year's November presidential election. Their gambit paved the way for Trump in 2017 to replace Scalia with another conservative, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"It's just an attempt to clothe those ongoing attacks in fake legitimacy", McConnell said.

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He stressed, the High Court being stacked with Republican-appointed justices should not worry Democrats. Biden has promised to name a Black woman, which would be a historic first.

Liberals and likely many centrists who saw this as dirty politics by conservatives desperate for a 6-3 majority on the court are itching for the next fight and a return to a more balanced court, if not a liberal majority - which has not existed on the court in decades.

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In a speech at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, Breyer indicated that changes to the court could undermine its authority. "If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the Court and in the rule of law itself can only diminish, diminishing the Court's power, including its power to act as a check on other branches of government".

Some liberal activists on Friday demanded immediate action to expand the court.

"Put abstractly, the Court's power, like that of any tribunal, must depend upon the public's willingness to respect its decisions, even those with which they disagree and even when they believe a decision seriously mistaken", said Breyer, a member of the court's liberal wing who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

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