Republicans submit proposal to permanently set Supreme Court bench at nine members

Democrats have floated the idea of “packing” the Supreme Court throughout former President Donald Trump’s tenure, particularly in 2020 after Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in place of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In a bid to prevent the court’s expansion, a number of Senate Republicans have resubmitted legislation proposing a constitutional amendment that would lock in the Supreme Court bench at nine members, Fox News reported.

Amend the Constitution

Given the current 6-3 split of the bench in favor of Republicans, Democrats would need to expand the court by at least four members, all nominated by Biden, in order to meet and surpass the conservative majority, making the court a 13-member 7-6 split in favor of Democrats.

That isn’t going to happen if Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) — the original sponsor of the S.J.Res 14 bill in 2019 — have anything to say about it.

According to a press release from Capito’s office, the two senators have already been joined by ten other Republicans as co-sponsors of the resolution that, by way of an amendment to the Constitution, would permanently set the size of the Supreme Court bench at nine members.

“Another partisan branch”

“A nine Justice court has worked for our country for more than 150 years. Increasing that number in a partisan effort to achieve a desired policy result is a never-ending proposition,” Capito said in a statement. “Once this door is opened, respect for the Supreme Court as an independent arbiter of cases and controversies would fall away as it became another partisan branch of government.”

“We should preserve our independent judiciary by closing the door to court-packing,” she added. “Ratification of this amendment would stop the Democrats’ current desire to pack the courts. It would also remove the temptation for either party to attempt to restructure the court in a partisan way in the future.”

Capito’s release noted that the Supreme Court has been set at nine members since 1869 and has worked well at that number over the proceeding century and a half — that is, until now, when Democrats are intent on seizing power and control by any means, including by upending longstanding norms and traditions.

Biden punted on the issue

Congressional Democrats will need President Joe Biden’s approval to even begin to try to pack the court with liberal jurists.

Biden attempted to dodge questions on court-packing throughout the 2020 campaign but finally appeared to give a direct response to the issue in an October interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell, Politico reported.

“If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of — bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative,” Biden said at that time. “And I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack.”

Fox News noted that neither the White House nor Senate Democrats had any response to questions about Capito’s resubmission of the resolution against court-packing, nor has Biden made that promised move to establish a commission as of yet.

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  1. This is not surprising. The communists fraudulently “won” the election by rampant voter fraud, PAID terrorists, paying (with OUR tax dollars) to help “develop”, buying and hiring communist chinese to distribute the wuhan flu, and any form of cheating they could dream up, SO does anyone expect any different actions by the COMMUNISTS in DC, that want to turn our constitutional republic into a third-world communist-controlled banana republic cesspool?

    1. You’re absolutely correct Sir. The Democrats/Communists will commit any crime to advance their despicable and corrupt agenda.

  2. The democrats are trying to make sure it’s a one party country…theirs. GOD help us if they succeed

    1. It will be a split Republican Party when Trump starts HIS NEW PARTY!! I sure hope he gets it started soon before any more damage is done to our country!! He has the backing with some great corporations and he sure has the backing from his over 75 million voters!! Trump 2024!!!!!

      1. Don’t want a new party! Trump already change the R party by being the party of the people. Keep it the Patriot Republican Party and vote out the Rinos and traitors!

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  4. An amendment is not needed. The Constitution does not state the number of justices which will comprise the Supreme Court. Legislation to set the total at 9 is all that is required.

  5. Does Republicans know how long it will take to get that Amendment ratified by 2/3 of the states will take?

    See Amendment 5

  6. Who cares about the supreme Court Justice they are all prices of garbage anyway I pray they all get f n. Killed and thank God justice Ruth gangsberg is dead I pray she suffered

  7. This action by Rubio is a Kabuki Dance, other wise why wouldn’t he have stop Biden and the Democrats.when he had the chance. Instead he and the POS Republican Senators sat on their hands while the stealing of the Nov,2020 election took place. The Repbulicans led by the holy man Pence sacrificed our Nation because they wanted to get rid of Trump.
    I know I will never donate a penny to any RNC that has you or your traitors a part of it. I hope it is true that Ivanka is running against little Marco

  8. Shame on the Democratic and Republican Party what they did and continue doing to the President and his family let all citizens remember President Trump was the only person who gave his check to charity while all others got paid shame on all of them and their rhetoric COUNTRY NEEDS NEW POLITICAL PARTY with President Trump Agenda

    1. He’s working on it Vincent, you haven’t heard the last of Trump by no means! I pray every day that he gets his NEW PARTY off the ground and running!!!

  9. All those lies by mostly Dumbacrats is evidence alone of voter fraud. Tons of other evidence with witnesses. But since CNN and MSNBC and others push and are tied to the same Dumbacrats, no wonder it was denied. One idiot+ one idiot = two idiots. Or is my math wrong? The whole agenda is now coming to light. This is why people need to look at what policies people have. Not who you like. Biden, like Trump said, has done nothing good in his entire office time. Why would he change now? Watch Life, Liberty and Levin and the Legislatures are the only ones that can change the Constitution or review. If they do it right. Post signs, speak about this to friends and continue to fight so we are not kissing Biden’s and the Democrats real ends.

  10. I agree completely. Washington DC is already a cesspool, and Biden has already drunk deep this last week with opening borders (c’mon in and bring COVID with you!), closing deportations (please stay and continue to rape, butcher, and steal from American citizens), destroying 70,000 jobs and energy independence with one signature, and killing women’s sports (especially at the high school and college levels).

    So packing the court is just another step to forcing Americans to give up sweet water for foul. Soon, the Patriot Act will be re-written to target patriots here at home in insure the CessPool Elites are never challenged by an outsider again. They really do hate us, America. On a positive note, Communist China is very pleased with Joe’s EOs the first week. Only 407 to go.

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