Congressional Democrats are making a push to pack the U.S. Supreme Court.
Breitbart reports that House Democrats, led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY), have introduced a piece of legislation that would expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen.
A needed “repair”
Congressional Democrats, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who will be leading this court-packing effort in the Senate, claim that such an expansion is needed to “repair” the Supreme Court.
“Our democracy is in jeopardy today because the Supreme Court standing is sorely damaged,” Markey said. “The way we repair it is straightforward.”
“We can undo the damage that the Republicans have done by restoring balance,” he continued. “And, we do it by adding four seats to the Court to create a 13-member Supreme Court.”
Markey, here, is referring to the fact that former President Donald Trump was able to name three conservative justices to the Supreme Court, giving the court a decidedly conservative majority for the first time in many years. Currently, the balance is technically 6 to 3, in favor of the conservatives, although Chief Justice John Roberts has a tendency to side with his liberal colleagues on many issues.
The new bill would give President Joe Biden four appointments, which would shift the balance back in favor of the liberals who would have a 7 to 6 or 8 to 5 majority depending on how one counts Roberts.
Will it pass?
At the moment, it appears that the bill has no chance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has come out and said that she does not plan on putting the court-packing bill before the House.
It, of course, would be naive to think that this is because Pelosi is against the idea. She is not.
But, the fact is that court-packing is not that popular of an idea, not even among Democrats.
Liberal justices, including Stephen Breyer and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have come out against it. And, President Biden appears to be at least is reticent about it as well, recently deciding merely to put a commission in charge of studying the idea.
For Pelosi, it will all be about timing. If she sees the opportunity, she will certainly push the measure through. But, it appears that, at least for the moment, the timing is not right.