If you think that the Democrats have given up on the idea of expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, think again. They’re just going about it in a more insidious way, starting with the lower courts.
Breitbart reports Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced a bill that would expand the federal judiciary by 77 judges.
The “JUDGES” Act
The bill is called the Judicial Understaffing Delays Getting emergencies Solved (JUDGES) Act. It’s a mouthful, but at least you get a nice acronym out of it.
The act would allow 39 new federal judgeships to be appointed after January 21st, 2025, and 38 new federal judgeships to be appointed after January 21st, 2029. That’s 77 altogether, and it’s not exactly an arbitrary number.
Young and Coons got this number from a recommendation from the Judicial Conference of the United States. According to Young and Coons, this conference released a report in 2021 that indicated that there is an insufficient amount of federal judges.
That report found that there was an average of 803 court filings per judgeship. Accordingly, the Judicial Conference of the United States called for the creation of 77 new judgeships.
The Democrats have been pushing to pack the federal courts ever since former President Donald Trump got to appoint three Supreme Court justices and a record number of federal judges during his term.
The Supreme Court, of course, is the big prize as it allows the Democrats to bypass the legislature to get liberal policies enacted, something that it has done for decades now. Now that Trump put an end to this by giving the court a conservative majority, the Democrats have been pushing to add four new justices to the bench, which would allow President Joe Biden to restore a liberal majority.
Legislation, though, hasn’t gotten anywhere, and Biden, for the time being, has settled for having scholars study the issue.
In the meantime, some have been arguing that the Democrats could get the ball rolling by expanding the federal judiciary. And, this is what we might be seeing with the JUDGES act.
Such an expansion is not unheard of. The federal judiciary, for example, expanded by 30 percent under President Jimmy Carter, and by far less under President George H.W. Bush.
This is certainly something to keep an eye on, though. Congressional Democrats are hoping you won’t.