With it looking likely that President Donald Trump is going to put another conservative justice on the Supreme Court, Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats are desperately coming up with retaliatory ideas to regain control through legislative action to be passed once they are back in power.
Here, we are going to look at some of these ideas, starting with a Fox News report suggesting that Pelosi’s Democrats, in the future, may try to add two more states to the Union.
House Democrats, in June, passed a bill that would make Washington D.C. a state, and, back in October of 2019, they introduced a bill that would make Puerto Rico a state. Adam Jentleson, the former deputy chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, suggested in a recent New York Times op-ed that Democrats, once they get back in power, ought to push these bills through.
“Democrats should also reform the Senate so it better represents the nation,” Jentleson wrote. “They can start by inviting territories bound by federal law but lacking voting representation in Congress to become states.
The idea here is a simple power grab. States get two Senators each, and it is a virtual certainty that Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico would send four Democratic Senators to Congress.
Another idea that we have heard a lot about is court-packing – that the Democrats, once they are back in power, are going to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Here’s Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee:
If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is getting ready to introduce a constitutional amendment that would make it so that legislation altering the size of the Supreme Court would not go into effect until ten years after its passage. Considering that a constitutional amendment requires the approval of two-thirds of both the House and the Senate as well three-fourths of the states, Collins’s proposal is probably not going to pass, leaving open the possibility of court-packing.
Breitbart reports that Democrats in the House are getting ready to introduce a bill that would limit the terms of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years. Currently, justices are granted lifetime appointments so as to prevent politics from entering into their decision-making.
Breitbart reports: “The move comes as a method to prevent longtime partisanship from particular appointments after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to Reuters, which has looked over the bill, the legislation ‘would allow every president to nominate two justices per four-year term.'”
“It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), one of the bill’s sponsors.
If Democrats are going to make any of these big changes, then they are probably going to have to start with a preliminary big change – ending the Senate filibuster, a change which is also being threatened by the Democrats. Right now, to end debate on a bill in the Senate requires 60 votes, but eliminating the filibuster would lower that number to 51, a simple majority. This is the precursor for which we ought to watch out.
Not only do all of these ideas show how desperate and power-hungry the Democrats are, but it shows how important the upcoming general election is. The only thing that will stop the Democrats from implementing these ideas is your vote.