Democrats plan on unveiling a bill Thursday that would allow them to expand the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to thirteen. Democrats and President Biden will look to fill the four new vacancies to be filled as soon as possible.
The Judiciary Act of 2021 is co-sponsored by Democratic lawmakers, including House Judiciary Chairman Jerrod Nadler, D-N.Y., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y.
The bill would “restore balance to the nation’s highest court after four years of norm-breaking actions by Republicans led to its current composition,” Nadler said in a statement.
The Intercept reported Wednesday evening:
Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.
The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13, from the current 9. …
The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, Subcommittee chair Hank Johnson, and freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones.
In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
The new proposal comes shortly after President Biden signed an executive order creating a commission to determine whether the Supreme Court should be expanded.
Democrats have discussed expanding the Supreme Court since Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed in 2018. While Biden once dismissed the idea of expanding the court, he ultimately decided to move left on the issue. He declined to reveal his position until late into the 2020 presidential campaign, after Justice Amy Coney Barret
Expanding the Supreme Court to 13 justices would give democrats additional liberal justices to be able to pass its leftist agenda. Congress can set the size of the Supreme Court without a constitutional amendment.