House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the number of Supreme Court justices to 13. The legislation is being co-sponsored by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, along with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, and Representatives Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York. The motion comes after President Biden — who deflected on court-packing when asked about it on the campaign trail — established a study on the matter via executive order.
Biden’s commission reflects shifting positions. While the legislation will likely not pass, this is clearly a growing position among Democrats. “I think it’s an idea that should be considered,” Nancy Pelosi said of the resolution.
Court-packing efforts come as the radical wing of the Democrat party pushes for multiple blatant power grabs. Just this week alone, Democrat lawmakers have introduced motions that would grant mass amnesty, add Washington D.C. as a state and called for the abolition of the Electoral College.
As court-packing gains steam, many have pointed out that the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was opposed to the idea. “Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said in 2019.
Ginsburg also disparaged FDR’s efforts to do so in 1937. This was in reference to Roosevelt’s Judicial Procedures Reform Bill that sought to add justices. Roosevelt was criticized and accused of weaponizing the court for political gain. “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court,” said Ginsburg.