Congressional Democrats move forward with groundbreaking legislation that would expand the size of the Supreme Court, according to The Intercept.
The proposed bill would add four seats to the nation’s highest court, taking it from nine to 13m according to three congressional sources cited by the Intercept.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is sponsoring the bill, along with subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson, and first-term Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is the Senate sponsor of the bill that would very likely swing the majority of the court from conservative to liberal.
Conservatives currently hold six of the nine seats on the court, while confirmed liberals hold three. Former President Donald Trump was responsible for nominating three of those six, all of whom are thought likely to stay on the court for several decades.
20 New York elected officials penned a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicating that they felt Trump’s picks for the court were entirely inappropriate:
“Not only do these extremist judges threaten more than a century of progressive achievements,” read the letter cited by the Intercept. “…they threaten to foreclose the possibility of any future progress under a Democratic administration.”
During his campaign, Biden promised to create a commission on the court saying that the judicial system was “getting out of whack,” but said, “It’s not about court-packing.”
The bill doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that court-packing was a key issue in the Democratic primary with several candidates saying they supported it. If the move is successful, however, it would change the face of the judicial branch forever, something many conservatives consider to be a threat to the nation’s democracy.