Republicans have announced they intend to push a constitutional amendment to keep the Supreme Court capped at nine Justices, Fox News reported.
Amidst extensive talk by Democrats about increasing the Supreme Court’s size and now President Joe Biden’s establishment of a committee to investigate changes to the court, Republicans are moving to counter them.
Six House Republicans introduced the measure on Tuesday in reaction to Biden’s announcement, which sets the stage for a significant fight.
Democrats determined to pack the court
Ever since former President Donald Trump appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace liberal icon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the left has been threatening to pack the Supreme Court.
Trump was able to appoint three different justices during his time in office, and as such, the court is split 6-3 in favor of conservatives.
The calls from the left to pack the Supreme Court are a timely reminder that Democrats do not care about our institutions’ integrity. The left only care about the institutions as a means to attain power, and because the Supreme Court isn’t helping them achieve that power, they will seek to tear it down.
A New York Times/Siena College poll conducted in October of 2020 found that Americans do not approve of court-packing, Fox News reported. In fact, the poll found that nearly 60% of likely voters said that Democrats should not expand the court if they gained power.
Packing the court is completely partisan, and the damage it could do to Americans’ trust in the court is exponential.
Republicans will have to “fight like hell” to keep Democrats from expanding the Supreme Court. If they succeed in enshrining the court size in the Constitution, it would be an incredible victory.
Although House Republicans have introduced the amendment, the measure has attracted strong support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell blasted Biden’s court commission, saying it is a “direct assault on our nation’s independent judiciary.” The Supreme Court is the last institution that is comparatively free of partisan politics despite the justices’ clear allegiances on the bench.
Biden himself called the idea of court-packing “boneheaded” as a senator in 1983. Much has changed in the past 38 years but packing the Supreme Court and destroying its integrity remains a boneheaded idea.