House Republican introduces bill to hold Supreme Court at nine justices

House Republican introduces bill to hold Supreme Court at nine justices

West
Virginia
Republican

Sen.
Shelley
Moore
Capito
reintroduced
a
bill
Friday
that
would
limit
the
number
of
justices
permitted
in
the
Supreme
Court.

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“A
nine
Justice
court
has
worked
for
our
country
for
more
than
150
years,”
Capito
said
in
a
statement
Friday.
“Increasing
that
number
in
a
partisan
effort
to
achieve
a
desired
policy
result
is
a
never-ending
proposition.”

Following
the
death
of
the
late
Justice
Ruth
Bader
Ginsburg
on
Sept.
18,
2020,
Republicans
in
the
Senate
rushed
to
push
through
a
new
Supreme
Court
justice –
securing
a
third
Republican-appointed
justice
under
President
Trump.

Democrats
furiously
pointed
to
the
hypocritical
nature
of
the
confirmation,
reminding
their
fellow
GOP
lawmakers
of
their
refusal
to
review
President
Obama’s
Supreme
Court
nominee,
Merrick
Garland,
in
March
2015,
at
which
time
they
cited concerns
over
appointing
a
justice
during
an
election
year.

Justice
Amy
Coney
Barrett
was
appointed
to
the
high
court
on
Oct.
27,
2020,
just
one
week
prior
to
the
general
election

causing
a
furious
backlash
from
Democratic
lawmakers,
some
vowing
to
“pack
the
courts”
if
Biden
were elected.

The
ability
for
Democrats
to
add
more
justices
to
the
high
court
became
a
reality
after
the
party
won
not
only
the
White
House,
but majority
control
in
the
Senate.

“Once
this
door
is
opened,
respect
for
the
Supreme
Court
as
an
independent
arbiter
of
cases
and
controversies
would
fall
away
as
it
became
another
partisan
branch
of
government,”
the
West
Virginia
Republican
said
Friday.
“We
should
preserve
our
independent
judiciary
by
closing
the
door
to
court-packing.”

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Though
Supreme
Court
justices
are
intended
to
remain
non-partisan
in
their
judicial
role,
each
justice
tends
to
interpret
the
constitution
in
a
manner
that
aligns
with
the
White
House’s
political
affiliation during
their
time
of
appointment.

There
are
currently
six
justices
in
the
Supreme
Court
that
were
confirmed
under
conservative
presidents,
while
only
three
were
appointed
under
Democratic
presidents

a
division
that
some
lawmakers
have
said
does
not
accurately
reflect
the
political
standing
of
the
nation.

Nine
justices
have
sat
on
the
Supreme
Court
for
the
last
150
years,
but
there
is
no
language
in
the
Constitution
that
sets
or
limits
the
number
of
justices
permitted
in
the
high
court.
 

The

legislation
originally
put
forward
by
Sen.
Marco
Rubio,
R-Fla., in
March
2019,
calls
for
an
amendment
to
the
U.S.
Constitution
that
would
limit only
nine
justices
permitted
in
the
court
at
a
time.

In
October,
Speaker
of
the
House

Nancy
Pelosi
said
that
given
the
growth
in
population
since
1876,
when
nine
justices
starting
arbitrating
from
the
high
court,
the
U.S.
may
need
to
reevaluate
the
number
of
justices
who
regularly
sit
on
the
bench.

In
order
for
Democrats
to
“pack
the
court,” they
would
have
to
add
four
justices
under
Biden
in
order
to
gain
an
edge
over
the
number
of
conservatively
appointed
justices

a
move
Biden
has
said
he
does
not
support.

In
the
lead
up
to
the
election,
Biden
acknowledged Democrat’s
frustration
at
what
they
believe
is a
disproportionate
number
of
conservative
versus
liberal
justices
and
said
he
would
talk
with
“Constitutional
scholars”
to
try
and
find
a
solution.

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“If
elected,
what
I
will
do
is
I’ll
put
together
a
national
commission,
a bipartisan
commission
of
scholars,
constitutional
scholars,
Democrats,
Republicans,
liberals,
conservatives,”

Biden
said
during
a
campaign
event
in
October.
“I
will
ask
them
to,
over
180
days,
come
back
to
me
with
recommendations
as
to
how
to
reform
the
court
system
because
it’s
getting
out
of
whack.”

Fox
News
could
not
confirm
with
the
White
House
whether
or
not
the
president
has
yet
to
establish
a
commission
to
review
the
Supreme
Court. 

Senate
Democratic
leadership
could
not
be
reached
by
Fox
News
for
this
report.

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