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Congressional Democrats to Announce New Bill to Add Four Justices and Pack the Supreme Court for the Left

News Staff : Apr 15, 2021  CBN News

"Nine seems to be a good number. It's been that way for a long time. I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court." -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a July 2019 interview

[CBN News] Democrats are pushing a new bill in Congress that would pack the Supreme Court. They plan to unveil the measure today in a news conference at the steps of the high court. (Screengrab image: via AP /CBN News)

The website reports the proposal has sponsors in both the House and Senate. It would increase the number of justices to 13 from the current nine.

The move comes after President Biden announced a commission to study the federal courts. Progressive activists have been pushing for Democrats to pack the court by adding more justices who would support liberal policies.

Republicans quickly attacked the move and the idea hasn't been popular. A New York Times - Sienna College poll last October found that 58 percent oppose increasing the size of the court, while only 31 percent supported it.

That poll was taken during the presidential campaign last October when then-candidate Biden took no position on court-packing. But as a senator in 1983, he blasted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for trying to do it.

"President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically absolutely correct. But it was a bonehead idea!" Biden said.

The US has had nine justices on the Supreme Court since 1869. To add additional justices would take an act of Congress, along with support from the President, but it's unclear how the country would respond to such a serious move to change 150+ years of precedent.

Just last week, liberal justice Stephen Breyer, the court's oldest member, warned liberal advocates of making big changes to the court, including expanding the number of justices. Breyer said in a speech that advocates should think "long and hard" about what they're proposing.

Politically driven change could diminish the trust Americans place in the court, Breyer said. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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