The proposed 4 additional judges did not receive support from the top Democrats; Republicans call it ‘court packing’.
A group of progressive Democrats in Congress is targeting former President Donald Trump’s legacy of appointing three conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court by proposing a senior court expansion from nine to 13 judges.
The legislative proposal, announced on Thursday, will allow the new President Joe Biden to nominate four judges who will pivot the court’s current conservative 6-3 majority toward the middle.
“The US Supreme Court was broken. It’s out of balance, and it needs to be fixed, ”said Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat.
The American public sees the court as a “partisan political institution, not an impartial branch of justice of the government,” Markey said at a press conference introducing the “Judiciary Act of 2021” to expand. court.
The bill faces a difficult escalation in Congress, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi restrained on Thursday to not support it. Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, wields influence on what bills are put in place to debate and vote.
President Joe Biden is also cold at the idea of expanding the court. Last week, Biden ordered the establishment of one bipartisan committee research potential reforms for the Supreme Court that include expanding the number of judges and imposing term limits instead of lifelong appointments.
But this idea is pervasive in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. The House version of the bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Hank Johnson and Mondaire Jones.
It gained new currency last year when President Trump and Republicans controlled the US Senate rush to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative, to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal.
With Republicans in control of the Senate during his tenure, Trump nominated and Senate endorsed Judge Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh following a Bitter battle in 2018.
Democrats have been in tears since 2016 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a confirmation hearing for Merrick GarlandCandidate for President Barack Obama. A strong Republican political move, it leaves a void that Trump has filled with Gorsuch.
“It will all become clear when it is decided that after the Supreme Court has made its decision, there should be a restored historical balance,” Markey said, predicting support will increase over time. with his court expansion bill.
Senate Republicans, where the 50-50 split between the two US parties, oppose Democrats’ proposals to extend the court they denounced as a “court-packed” exercise. “.