Democrats are pushing a bill to enlarge the Supreme Court from nine to 13 judges. The law was unveiled Thursday by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
The new legislation comes after President Biden enacted an executive order creating a commission to study the potential of increasing seats on the court. However, Biden has always shown opposition to the agenda of court packing.
During an interview with an Iowa news outlet in 2019, he said he was not willing to pack the court. And in a recent October interview, he confirmed this opinion yet again.
Democrats claim the bill would return the Supreme Court to a balance, with the court now having a conservative majority. Meanwhile, the GOP is against “packing the court” and have warned the push would be a direct attack on the country’s independent judiciary.
GOP Senator Tom Cotton (Ariz.) also spoke about the bill being an attempt to intimidate justices into making left-leaning rulings.
Court packing will be the end of the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and the end of the rule of law in America. pic.twitter.com/lqAOwYfoyG
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) April 15, 2021
The commission will have public meetings to illicit testimony from experts and will have 180 days to complete their report on the topic. However, the bill is likely to be destroyed in Congress as all Republicans and even some Democrats are against the expansion.
Author: Steven Sinclaire