Biden SCOTUS commission declines to endorse court-packing, term limits in final report

President Joe Biden’s commission tasked with considering potential reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court has released its final report — and it’s leaving Democrats who were hoping for the go-ahead on plans to impose term limits or add justices to the bench in what amounts to “court-packing” reeling.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the commission chose not to endorse either idea in its final report, released this week. Instead, it acknowledged disagreements regarding recommendations for the high court’s future, making no ruling on specific changes.

Dems cry foul

The outcome was certainly not what Biden and many Democrats hoped for following the appointment of three conservative justices under former President Donald Trump, a move that has effectively cemented the court’s conservative majority for potentially decades to come.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, some on the left have rejected the report’s conclusions and made plans to trudge ahead with their push for major changes to the SCOTUS.

“Reform of a deeply politicized Supreme Court must begin — for the whole country [and] Congress to consider,” Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

“I’ll be introducing a requirement for term limits [and] more,” he vowed.

Not this time

Other Democrats have complained the commission was a waste of time.

“Right-wing partisan interests have captured the Court, in the same way federal agencies are captured by industry. That capture has cracked the foundations of the Court’s credibility and threatens to tear it down altogether,” Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) said in a statement.

“This commission served its purpose of killing time for the administration to avoid confronting the deep rot at the Supreme Court,” Whitehouse added. “The American people are fast losing confidence in the independence of the Court, and who can blame them? Either we grapple with the Court’s very real and very big problems, or, as Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor said, the persistent ‘stench’ of the Republican majority’s partisan decisions will damage this precious institution beyond repair.”

Unfortunately for Dems like Whitehouse, they’ve received far from a mandate from either the commission or voters on their plans to drastically alter the structure of the Supreme Court. Maybe they should instead focus on enacting policies that would stand up to the scrutiny of the SCOTUS regardless of who’s sitting on the bench.

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