A group of Republican congress members has proposed an amendment to stop Democrats’ attempts at court packing.
A group of six House Republicans was set to introduce a constitutional amendment this week aimed at setting the number of Supreme Court justices at nine – a reaction to Democrats’ calls for packing the court.
A commission had been ordered by President Biden to study the topic of court packing. The commission will apparently look at the ideas of adding justices to the court and other possible reforms, including “the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”
The proposed amendment to stop this court packing is sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher, along with Reps. Chris Jacobs, Ken Buck, Mo Brooks, Ted Budd and Markwayne Mullin.
“We don’t need a commission to know court packing is a radical idea that would undermine confidence in one of our country’s most important – and trusted – institutions,” Rep. Gallagher said. “The Supreme Court has been comprised of nine justices for more than 150 years, and it’s time we amend the Constitution to make this longstanding precedent permanent before it’s too late.”
This new court-packing commission is not some serious pivot away from Democrats’ political attacks on the Court. It’s just an attempt to clothe those attacks in fake legitimacy.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/qX639r68M3
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 9, 2021
In recent years, Democrats have done everything they can to obtain power and keep it. They have been trying to down American institutions and threaten democracy itself, just to keep conservatives at bay.
The United States Supreme Court is a longstanding institution that has never been “packed” for a reason. We must continue to defend that tradition and make sure that the left doesn’t completely stifle conservative voices in Washington.