November 1, 2020

Democrats Announce Plans to Pack Supreme Court

  • Horse Race, The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Amid outrage over the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrat lawmakers declare plans to expand the court. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi share thoughts on court packing immediately following Barrett’s confirmation.

The Background:

According to DISRN, less than ten minutes after the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Expand the court.” She followed up the first tweet by adding, “... There is a legal process for expansion.” 

Rep. Ilhan Omar immediately echoed the phrase, “Expand the court,” and added that Republicans have appointed six out of the last nine justices, giving reason for the left to demand reform and expand the court.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted, "Every option needs to be on the table to restore the Supreme Court’s credibility & integrity. Every option to expand our democracy. Every option to ensure that all Americans have equal justice in our courts & representation in our institutions." 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, siding with her far-left colleagues, spoke to MSNBC and stated, “Should we expand the court? Well, let’s take a look and see… Maybe we need more district courts, as well.” 

According to Forbes, presidential hopeful Joe Biden has stated intentions to form a bipartisan commission to study potential reforms for the courts. He has not made a statement of his stances on court-packing. 

After the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court has a 6-3 majority of conservative justices. 

 

Notable Quotes: 
"[Democrats] may have ratcheted up a little bit lately, but this isn't anything new. They've been promising to blow up the Senate by changing the filibuster rule, admitting two new states -- D.C. and Puerto Rico -- to give them four new Democratic senators ... They were talking about that earlier in the year. Nothing new, same old threats and intimidation by the hard left." -- Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader (R-KY), Fox News. 

 

Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

 

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