Democrats to Unveil Bill to Pack Supreme Court

Democrats to Unveil Bill to Pack Supreme Court
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Joe Biden never failed to dodge the question on the campaign trail when asked what his position on packing the Supreme Court was, and now we know that’s because he didn’t want to admit that he and his fellow Democrats are favor of it.

Just last week Biden created a “bipartisan commission” (he uses the word “bipartisan” loosely) to study structural changes to the Supreme Court, giving the group 180 days to produce a report. But Democrats aren’t even waiting for that report to introduce legislation to pack the court, which they’re set to unveil later today.

According to Fox News:

The legislation will propose expanding the court to 13 justices, from nine. The Supreme Court has had nine justices since the 19th century, though the number of justices is not specified in the Constitution.

A press conference is scheduled for later today that will feature Democrats Ed Markey, Jerry Nadler, Hank Johnson, and Mondaire Jones.

Biden had once called packing the SCOTUS a “boneheaded” idea in 1983, and spoke out against adding additional justices as recently as 2005, though such opposition has since become Neanderthal thinking to him once he’s needed a progressive-leaning Supreme Court to help advance his agenda.

If a court packing bill like this is successful, it’s likely that when Republicans regain power they’d simply expand the court again and pack it with their justices – only for this process to repeat itself when the opposing party takes power again. It’d be much simpler just to keep things the way there are.

Arizona Senate Democrat Kyrsten Sinema opposes court packing, as does West Virginia Senate Democrat Joe Manchin.

If they’re being truthful than any attempts to pack the SCOTUS will die in the Senate – but we’ll believe it when we see it.

UPDATE: Since publishing, Nancy Pelosi said she won’t bring this bill to the House floor.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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