Ted Cruz proposes legislation, amendment to block court-packing

President Joe Biden never cleared up whether he would try to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is preempting the possibility.

The Texas Republican just introduced a pair of measures — including a long-shot amendment to the Constitution — guaranteeing that there are only ever nine justices on the Supreme Court, Fox News reports.

Cruz makes his move

The first proposal, called the “Keep Nine” amendment, simply affirms that the Supreme Court maintain its current size. The Constitution does not specify how large the Court should be, but it has had nine justices since the 19th century, Fox notes.

Cruz also proposed a piece of legislation that would block Democrats from packing the court.

The Republican lawmaker originally brought the measures in October, when calls to pack the court escalated in the final weeks before the 2020 election, but he is re-upping them now that Biden is in office.

“As my Democrat colleagues brazenly discuss expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, this legislation and constitutional amendment ensures we prevent either party from wielding the Supreme Court as a political tool for their own advantage,” Cruz said in a statement, according to Fox.

The senator went on: “I urge my colleagues to defend the fundamental liberties of their constituents — their religious liberty, freedom of speech, and Second Amendment rights — and swiftly take up and pass these proposals to prevent Court-packing.”

Biden backs court “reform”

Throughout Donald Trump’s former presidency, Democrats talked up packing the court as a way of restoring the “credibility” it supposedly had lost from a rightward shift.

Trump nominated and saw confirmed three Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. Liberals have long complained that Republicans “stole” Gorsuch’s seat from Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked in 2016.

Calls on the left to pack the court escalated last fall during Barrett’s confirmation hearings, which followed the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When pressed on the campaign trail, Biden refused to say whether he agreed with liberals calling to expand the court, leaving critics outraged and alarmed.

Cruz was just one critic who interpreted Biden’s silence at the time as a tacit admission that he would indeed pack the court.

Biden has since launched a “bipartisan commission” to investigate the issue, saying he “remains committed to an expert study of the role and debate over reform of the court and will have more to say in the coming weeks,” according to Politico.

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  1. Biden wants what he calls ‘an expert study’ about court reform. That is freaking laughable! His so called experts will be nothing but left leaning nut jobs. Does he not realize that Barrett, Kavanaugh and Roberts are turning their backs on Trump and recently have been siding with the 3 liberal Trump haters? The dems don’t need to pack the court as long as this RINO’s (I call them) are presently sitting on the court. So now we have 6 justices that are destroying the Constitution.

    1. IT IS NOT BIDEN, HE HAS NO BRAIN TO DEAL WITH. SO SOME ONE WITH A BRAIN FOR THE USA NEEDS TO FORCE THIS BIDEN AND WHO EVER HIS BRAIN IS OUT OF OUR USA. THEY ARE ALL UNFIT TO BE OVER A COUNTRY THEY ARE SEALING OUT.
      MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS Senator Cruz!
    As an American and staunch supporter of our Constitution I PROUDLY applaud your actions and stamina.
    Somehow, it is vital to refuse illegals entry at the expense of our country, We the People, but, safely help them to return to their country, work at its survival. Help them understand WE welcome them LEGALLY and that the HUGE EXPENSE for their care and housing is beyond the means of our country for THOUSANDS of ILLEGALS. Our government MUST STOP this border
    surge of entry. PLEASE Democrats and Republicans stop the underhanded tactics for future votes and bring DIGNITY and PRIDE to our country with STRONG and HONEST
    LEADERSHIP

    1. I completely agree. We have to get control of the borders and allow I C E and BORDER PATROL to do their vital jobs, while Senator Cruz and other republicans continue to keep the democrats from packing the Supreme Court and ruining our COUNTRY.

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    Why does this poor delusional president believe more judges are better, other than to force more liberals on board? They had their shot and held rule over common sense determinations, but failed to give credence to the full reason for a SUPREME COURT!!

  5. What about the Pandemic? This is TERRIBLE! We’re just supposed to allow entry without at least test or some certification that they are clear of this Covid 19. Thank you Joe Biden for unifying, We the People! On top of that, WE will then give them WELFARE, according to emergency Covid 19 legislation just last night! Now, Biden, what can, WE the PEOPLE, do for you!

  6. Good for Cruz ! He is doing the right thing for the people of this country. He is a very good man and patriot of this country.

  7. I like this idea. I visited your website for the first time and simply been your supporter. Keep writing as I am going to come to read it everyday!!

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