Democrats introduce legislation to expand Supreme Court

Democrats introduce legislation to expand Supreme Court

Some House and Senate Democrats are ramping up the political battle over the Supreme Court, introducing a bill Thursday to expand the court from 9 to 13 seats, a move many Republicans have rejected as unsafe "court packing". Ed Markey of MA.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears to believe a "conservative majority" is merely the Supreme Court's natural state.

Republican former President Donald Trump was able to appoint three justices during his four years in office, giving the court a 6-3 conservative majority.

Thirteen justices "will enable us to do justice as to rectify the great injustice that was done in packing the court", Nadler, who is also a co-sponsor of the bill, said at the press conference. Democrats and liberal activists say this ensures the high court will strike down nearly any legal challenge to the Biden administration's legislative priorities.

Currently, Supreme Court justices have life tenure and serve the court until they die, resign, retire or are impeached and removed from the office.

Democrats are still angry that President Barack Obama's court nominee, Merrick Garland, was blocked by Senate Republicans for almost a year and never given a hearing, as well as the rushed confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, just before last November's election. "Too many Americans view our highest court in the land as a partisan, political institution, not our impartial, judicial branch of government".

Republicans were scathing in their response to the measure.

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"Time and time again, prominent Democrats show they're no longer content to work within the ground rules and norms of our institutions, but prefer to threaten the institutions themselves", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Thursday.

While advocates have been pushing for addition of seats to the Supreme Court, not much has moved as the count remains at nine since 1869. But the bill has a grim future even without GOP opposition.

The legislation comes days after president Joe Biden announced the formation of a bipartisan commission to study potential Supreme Court reforms including the expansion and limiting terms of the justices. Asked about the proposal at her weekly news conference, Pelosi said: "I have no plans to bring it to the floor".

"I don't know that that's a good idea or a bad idea", Pelosi told reporters about the legislation, which was introduced in the House earlier in the day by New York Reps.

In launching the review, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise made amid pressure from activists and Democrats to realign the Supreme Court after its composition tilted sharply to the right during President Donald Trump's term.

Jones, a freshman progressive who represents Westchester and Rockland counties, was less patient and questioned the need for Biden's Supreme Court commission.

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