New Legislation by Democrats Intended to Pack the Courts
Democrats in the House and the Senate are getting ready to reveal new legislation that would pave the way to pack the Supreme Court with four new justices. This move would potentially change the entire balance of power in the highest court of the land.
Details of Proposed Bill
According to the sources, the bill would add four additional seats to the Supreme Court, bringing the current total of nine up to 13. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, Subcommittee chair Hank Johnson, and freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones are leading the charge in the House. Over in the Senate, the legislation is being headed up by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
Biden’s Commission Announcement Sparks Controversy
The proposed legislation comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s announcement last week that he had appointed a commission to explore the idea of packing the court. The move is proving to be controversial on both sides of the aisle. Even the far left-leaning Sen. Bernie Sanders is against the idea of packing the court. He previously warned that, if Democrats go through with this plan, the Republicans will try to do the same when they are back in power.
In addition, the idea has been shot down by current Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, warning that the concept of packing the court will lead to diminished confidence in the legal process. Breyer noted that this would also undermine confidence in the court’s ability to act as a check on the other branches of government.