President Trump predicted this would happen.
A new piece of legislation that is being introduced by Democrats will look to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 Justices.
The Supreme Court has had 9 seats since 1869 but Democrat Senator Ed Markey of Massachusets, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia, and Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York plan to change that.
If the proposed bill to pack the court gets passed it will be the final nail in the coffin for our freedom.
New: Democrats are about to unveil a bill to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices.
Led by MARKEY & NADLER.
It won't pass anytime soon. But it represents an enduring liberal fury at GOP tactics on SCOTUS.
McConnell is warning Dems to back off.https://t.co/ymoqwDjtmi
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 15, 2021
BREAKING: Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the U.S. Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices; though unlikely to become law, the bill intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court. https://t.co/VDptDhuVNb
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 15, 2021
House and Senate Democrats will introduce legislation to expand the number of Supreme Court justices to 13 from 9, drawing more attention to the debate surrounding court reform https://t.co/xeMa8ZtW01
— POLITICO (@politico) April 15, 2021
NBC News covered the breaking story, see what they had to share:
Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, joining progressive activists pushing to transform the court.
The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election.
The Democratic bill is led by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. It is co-sponsored by Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York.
The Supreme Court can be expanded by an act of Congress, but the legislation is highly unlikely to become law in the near future given Democrats’ slim majorities, which include scores of lawmakers who are not on board with the idea.
Democrats introducing bill expanding Supreme Court from 9 to 13 https://t.co/zIzKS2pTD5
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@ajc) April 15, 2021
Fox News chipped in too:
Republicans recoiled Wednesday night and Thursday morning over a bill some Democrats are proposing to pack the Supreme Court, calling it an “assault” on judicial independence.
But they also predicted that the move would prove unpopular and help Republicans in the midterm elections.
“Democrats are launching a full assault on the independence of the federal judiciary. Republicans will stop them,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., said in a tweet.
“This is such a fantastic gift to the NRSC,” added Matt Whitlock, a former staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). “And making it a bill instead of a Senate rules process means we get to get moderate House D’s on the record on it too. Just a fantastic turn of events.”
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y.; will announce the bill at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court.
The legislation would expand the Supreme Court to 13 seats. There are currently nine seats on the court. That number has remained the same since 1869.
Just seven days ago Biden signed an Executive Order that would study the current structure of the Supreme Court and now just 7 days later lawmakers already have a piece of legislation ready to expand the court.
I think not!