Democratic lawmakers to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court to 13 justices


Democratic advocates for legislation to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices argued Thursday that doing so would right wrongs perpetrated by Republicans in recent years that resulted in a solid 6-to-3 conservative majority. Rep. Greg Steube with insight on 'Fox & Friends First.

Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) took to social media Wednesday and announced, "Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure", shortly after news emerged Democrats intend to roll out a court-packing bill this week to increase justices from nine to 13.

The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after former President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election.

The Judiciary Act of 2021 has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and in the House by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Reps. Ed Markey of MA and Rep.

Chuck Fleischmann, a congressman from Tennessee added: "Court-packing is a unsafe and radical idea that will destroy Americans' trust and confidence in our institutions and highest court".

"Republicans stole the Court's majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation completing their crime spree", Markey said in a statement.

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"President Biden campaigned on a promise of lowering the temperature and uniting a divided nation", McConnell said in a statement last week.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) echoed that argument, saying, "The Republicans stole two seats on the Supreme Court and now it is up to us to fix that damage".

Nearly certain to face uniform Republican opposition, the bill falls on the heels of Biden's executive order last Friday empaneling a bipartisan commission to study how to reform the Supreme Court, a study that the president promised on the campaign trail.

"This bill marks a new era where Democrats finally stop conceding the Supreme Court to Republicans", said Brian Fallon, a former Senate Democratic leadership aide and co-founder of reformDemand Justice, describing the court as "broken and in need of reform". "This legislation will restore the court's balance and public standing and begin to fix the damage done to our judiciary and democracy, and we should abolish the filibuster to ensure we can pass it".