Biden establishes commission to study potential reforms to the Supreme Court

While on the 2020 campaign trail in the wake of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then-candidate Joe Biden often dodged questions about demands from Democrats to “pack” the U.S. Supreme Court — and eliminate its current conservative tilt — with a vow to instate a special “bipartisan commission” to consider the idea, among other potential reforms.

According to Politico, the president followed through on that misguided promise Friday with an order establishing a commission to weigh possible measures to reform the nation’s highest court. The group is set to deliver a final report on its findings within the next six months.

While the commission could save Biden from making a potentially costly move for his career and the future of the Supreme Court — and Biden has said he’s “not a fan” of court-packing, as Politico notes — its creation also opens the door for major changes that could alter the federal judicial system as we know it.

A commission on the SCOTUS

Biden’s executive order establishing his Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States was first issued Friday.

According to Biden’s order, the commission is set to be made up of 36 members and will include two co-chairs.

Those named to the committee will purportedly be “distinguished constitutional scholars, retired members of the Federal judiciary, or other individuals having experience with and knowledge of the Federal judiciary and the Supreme Court.”

Studying “the merits and legality”

In a statement issued in support of the order, the White House explained that “[t]he Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals.”

“The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” the White House said.

The commission will also supposedly hold “public hearings” on various reform proposals and issue a report within 180 days, though it is unclear what that report might look like and whether it will include formal recommendations to the president.

Not so “bipartisan”

National Review reports that Biden had promised that the commission would be “bipartisan” in nature — but based on the pair of co-chairs he named to run it, it’s not shaping up that way.

The president has reportedly named Bob Bauer, who served as counsel to the White House under former President Barack Obama, and Christina Rodriguez, a Yale law professor who also served in the Obama administration as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, to lead the commission.

Of course, it remains to be seen what sort of conclusions the group will reach on the Supreme Court and federal judiciary at large. But at least one thing is for certain: Biden is open to potentially big changes, and that can’t mean good things for the legacy Donald Trump hoped to leave behind on the nation’s court system.

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    1. Someone in power needs to help this country out of the corruption that has happened over the last few months!

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  2. Don’t why the dems think they need to stack the court. Cowards Barrett and Kavanaugh vote along with the 3 liberals including useless Roberts.This totally spineless court gave illegitimate Biden the Presidency.

  3. “Remains to be seen”… Bovine Scatology. We already know the conclusions. Makes all of Roberts avoidance of major issues “to protect the court” pure garbage.

  4. China Joe Biden is not using the congress or the senate and now he wants to control the supreme court he is a dictator not president communist dictator in the White House time show the stealing that’s Been done by the machines set up to steal elections 80million COME ON MAN how stupid is that 100million voters don’t believe it so leave the walls up at the Capital but Patriots are law abiding people liberals are militant groups so who you scared of

  5. Here we go again..Disgruntled democommunists trying again to rid this Constitutional Republic of that “pesky” U.S Constitution, and Bill of rights , they DETEST, so they can shove their communist-funded tyrannical dictatorship down the throats of the American people.
    This is bordering dangerously on HIGH TREASON. The time has come for WE the People to call for the impeachment of this tyrannical dictator wanna-be, as well as his democommunist/rino “minions” in lock-step with the destruction of this country. HEY, BTW, they are all behind their fence and razor wire, close and lock the gates and keep them right inside their “ready-made” prison. How convenient! look at the money we will save by locking them up right there! Use the National guard already there, as “prison guards”.

  6. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Biden really wants to pack the Supreme Court for the democrats. The American people had better wake up and see what Biden is trying to do to this country.

  7. The democrats are showing us that Power and Control are more important than even the survival of our form of government. And if it is necessary to destroy the Judicial branch of government to totally control Washington then so be it. Expand the Supreme Court and pack it with liberals. Then we can get started with destroying our representative form of government and eliminate the 2nd amendment to prevent honest Americans from defending their rights as citizens of the greatest country the world has ever seen. There is a reason the government is set up the way it is by people far smarter than the current crowd of political hacks. The House of Representatives represents each state by population and the Senate puts all the states on an equal footing – a stroke of genius by our founding fathers. GOD bless America!

  8. Can someone please help us? Maybe someone who can organize the people of this nation to peacefully demonstrate our revulsion of what is happening? The infringing upon our pursuit of happiness is upon us, by our domestic enemy. The Dem Party has proven they are trying to destroy this nation…and we can ask the question.. “Is China forcing their hand to do this?” After all, they have dirt on Joe Biden….and are they holding this over his head? China helped the fraudulent election along with other enemies of the nation. This is proof enough for us to take back the nation.

  9. Big businesses like Delta, Amazon, Chase Bank and others are claiming to care about America while the top executives get rich and the employees are getting minimal if even a raise. And, sending jobs back overseas. And yet, we have immigration overrunning the border. Where in the heck are they going to stay, work, eat food, use the restroom? Basic questions. If jobs are going back overseas, then those American workers lost their job and now we have immigrants needing jobs. Where are the jobs? Since people are losing their businesses or are limited, we have a problem. Biden and Harris do not give a hoot. They are not even near the border, much less care about it. It’s all about the votes for a corrupt Democratic Party and the corrupt media with China and other corrupt industries including Big Tech and Bill Gates. So, this is a bunch of lies by these people and ruining, not helping America.

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