A proposal to add 4 judges does not have the support of top Democrats; Republicans call it “judicial packaging”.
A group of Progressive Democrats in the US Congress are targeting former President Donald Trump’s legacy of appointing three conservative justices to the US Supreme Court by proposing to expand the High Court from nine to 13 justices.
The legislative proposal, announced Thursday, would allow new President Joe Biden to appoint four justices who would tip the court’s current 6-3 conservative majority towards the middle.
“The Supreme Court of the United States is broken. It is imbalanced and it needs to be corrected, ”said Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat.
The American public sees the court as a “partisan political institution, not our impartial judicial branch of government,” Markey said at a press conference to introduce the “Justice Act of 2021” to expand the court.
The bill faces a surge in Congress where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refrained from supporting it on Thursday. Pelosi, the House’s top Democrat, controls bills that come up for debate and vote.
President Joe Biden was also cold about expanding the tribunal. Last week, Biden ordered the creation of a bipartite commission explore potential Supreme Court reforms, including increasing the number of judges and imposing term limits instead of life appointments.
But the idea is popular among the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. The House version of the bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Hank Johnson and Mondaire Jones.
He gained a new currency last year when President Trump and the Republicans who controlled the US Senate hastily confirmed Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett will replace the late Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
While Republicans controlled the Senate during his tenure, Trump was appointed and the Senate confirmed judges Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh after a fierce battle in 2018.
Democrats have been crying scandal since 2016 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a confirmation hearing for Merrick garland, Candidate of President Barack Obama. A powerful political move on the part of Republicans, he left open a vacant position that Trump filled with Gorsuch.
“It will become clear as the decision is rendered after the Supreme Court ruling, there must be a historic balance restored,” said Markey, predicting that support would increase over time for his draft. law to expand the court.
Republicans in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between the two American parties, are opposed to the Democratic proposal to expand the court which they have denounced as a “court package” exercise.