Rep. Mark Green announced on Tuesday he will introduce a constitutional amendment this week to limit the number of Supreme Court justices to nine just as some Democrats look to add more seats to the Court.
“This Thursday, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of Supreme Court justices to 9 — the number of seats since 1869. The Supreme Court must remain a fair and impartial branch of government not beholden to party,” according to Green.
“Schemes to pack the court are dangerous to the Founders’ vision of an independent judiciary that serves as a check on both the Executive and Legislative branches of government,” he added.
The proposed amendment is being co-sponsored by five other members of the House GOP, including Reps. Chris Jacobs of New York, Ken Buck of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Ted Budd of North Carolina, and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.
Biden’s 36-member commission would study not just adding justices to the court but also other potential reforms as well, including “the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”
But Republicans have said the commission is simply a disguise for a politically motivated effort to alter the Supreme Court. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the commission a “direct assault on our nation’s independent judiciary.”
Buck issued a scathing tweet on the issue Friday, saying that “President Biden is caving to far-left fringe activists and attacking the independence of the federal judiciary.”
President Biden is caving to far-left fringe activists and attacking the independence of the federal judiciary. https://t.co/l23QKDX2tu
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 9, 2021
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also blasted the thinly veiled attempt to pack the Supreme Court with leftist justices, according to The Associated Press, calling it “a direct assault on our nation’s independent judiciary and another sign of the Far Left’s influence over the Biden administration.”
Democrats have long accused Republicans of court-packing or manipulating the membership of the courts to fulfill partisan goals. All of former President Donald Trump’s nominations to the Supreme Court were made to fill an existing vacancy, however, whereas this new Democratic court-packing effort is an overt attempt to manipulate the constitutional framework of the United States to ensure the supremacy of petty progressive politics.
It is a good thing then, that Republicans in the House are taking a stand against this assault on our republic.
For too long, too many Republicans have failed to stand up and make their voices heard when dealing with issues of constitutional gravity. And the fact is that America sorely needs to find someone in the legislature with the backbone required to keep America free.
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