A group of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday that seeks to add four justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Although President Joe Biden has previously denounced such court-packing schemes, it seems he is not ready to reveal whether he supports the most recent effort.
A bold proposition
Instead, Fox News reports that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has indicated Biden wants to wait for the findings of a bipartisan commission he launched last week to review potential reforms to the nation’s highest court.
The bill in question is led in the House by Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-CA), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY). In the upper chamber, the legislation was proposed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
In its current makeup, the Supreme Court includes six conservative justices and three liberals. Three of the nine members were nominated and appointed during the Trump administration, giving conservatives a clear advantage.
Democrats already hold the White House and a slim majority on Capitol Hill, and many in the party are now eyeing a plan to amass more power in the Supreme Court.
Since justices are appointed without term limits, court-packing proponents seek to bypass that process by immediately nominating four new liberal justices, giving them a 7-6 advantage.
“We should be very, very careful”
Of course, the notion has been roundly criticized by Republicans, and several prominent Democrats have also expressed concerns.
According to The Daily Wire, former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) warned last week that his party should be careful in pursuing any plan to expand the size of the court, saying: “I think it’s — we should be very, very careful in doing so. I have no problem with the commission, but I think that the commission is going to come back and disappoint a lot of people because I think they’re going to come back and say, we should just kind of leave it alone.”
He went on to argue that “it would be inappropriate at this time after that long history we’ve had in the country [to] have term limits for judges” and that “we better be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court.”
For many others on the left, however, things are moving too slowly for their progressive agenda. Some are publicly pressuring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to retire soon so Democrats can replace him while they are still in power.
The president ostensibly speaks for the party, but on this important issue, he is refusing to take a stand, leaving Americans to wonder if he holds a principled position on anything important to the nation.