Democrats introduce bill seeking to expand Supreme Court to 13 justices

Democratic lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a bill that would expand the U.S. Supreme Court from nine justices to 13, mirroring a similar proposal by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

According to Breitbart, the legislation would create four new spots on the nation’s highest court, each of which could be immediately filled by President Joe Biden and the current U.S. Senate.

What it means

If successful, Democrats would be able to reverse the current conservative majority, giving liberals a 7-6 advantage in the Supreme Court. Of course, efforts to pack the court have been widely condemned by elected officials on both sides of the aisle as well as justices serving on the high court.

Progressives have warned that if Democrats are able to pass the bill, it would cause irreparable harm to the court’s integrity and almost certainly result in Republicans pursuing a plan to add even more justices when they regain political power.

Among the general population, polling results show that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of any such court-packing schemes and understand the consequences of the partisan venture.

Nevertheless, the desire to amass power within the judicial branch has emboldened some prominent Democrats to push forward with the destructive plan.

This week’s bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and has attracted support from several other elected officials in the party.

Bipartisan opposition

The move comes on the heels of Biden’s announcement of an executive order to create a bipartisan commission tasked with considering possible Supreme Court reform measures.

Instead of waiting until that committee had reached a conclusion, Democrats on Capitol Hill are intent on forging their own path.

As for Biden’s take on the measure, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted that he would be withholding any public opinion until the commission provides its findings. Nearly 40 years ago, the then-senator decried Roosevelt’s earlier effort to pack the court as a “bonehead idea.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed that she has “no plans” to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote and, even if it somehow did pass the Democratic-led chamber, the party could not afford any defections in a Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

Despite their minority status in Congress, Republicans now have an opportunity to mount a successful resistance to an issue on which Democrats appear to be out of step with a majority of Americans.

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