Democrat Rep. Mondaire Jones: ‘Supreme Court Expansion Is Infrastructure’

Lawrence Kim
April 15, 2021

Republican lawmakers were pleased by Ms Pelosi's refusal to take up court expansion, having expressed their displeasure at the legislation when it was introduced on Thursday. Rep. Greg Steube with insight on 'Fox & Friends First.

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 are still angry that President Barack Obama's court nominee, Merrick Garland, was blocked by Senate Republicans for almost a year and never given a hearing, as well as the rushed confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, just before last November's election.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is trailed by reporters following a press conference where he was appointed as one of seven House managers for U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol January 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Ed Markey of MA and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y.

Chuck Fleischmann, a congressman from Tennessee added: "Court-packing is a risky and radical idea that will destroy Americans' trust and confidence in our institutions and highest court".

Nadler argued that 13 is a "proper number" of justices because it matches the number of federal appellate circuits. Republicans now hold 6 seats, while Democrats hold just 3 after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the quick confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Republicans have already taken issue with the bill, with Sen. "Senate Republicans have politicized the Supreme Court, undermined its legitimacy, and threatened the rights of millions of Americans, especially people of color, women, and our immigrant communities". All three groups advocate adding justices.

We have covered extensively Democrat threats to pack the Supreme Court.

Last week, Biden announced the formation of a commission consisting of liberal and conservative voices to study the structure of the Supreme Court, including length of service and number of justices. "We're unpacking it. Senator McConnell and the Republicans packed the court over the last couple of years". "This legislation will restore the court's balance and public standing and begin to fix the damage done to our judiciary and democracy, and we should abolish the filibuster to ensure we can pass it".

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