Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Senate GOP Announces Constitutional Amendment to Block Court Packing; Ted Cruz Introduces Major Constitutional Amendment

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Senate GOP announces constitutional amendment to block court packing:
A group of Senate Republicans on Monday announced a constitution amendment to fix the Supreme Court at a maximum of nine members, playing defense as Democrats ramp up talk of expanding the court to try to swamp President Trump’s picks.
The GOP lawmakers also proposed changing Senate rules to require a supermajority to vote in favor of increasing the number of justices.
“For the sake of our liberties and the future of our country, we must preserve our independent judiciary. These proposals would do just that,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, who is leading the effort.
The number of justices is set by law, and at the start of the republic was set at six. It’s been as high as 10, but has been set at nine justices for about 150 years. --->READ MORE HERE
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Ted Cruz Introduces Major Constitutional Amendment:
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with other GOP senators, has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if it were to pass, would prevent court packing on the Supreme Court.
Additionally, the Texas senator is pushing a separate proposal to forever block Democrats, should they regain control of the Senate, from passing any legislation to add additional justices to the high court.
The amendment proposal states simply, “the Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices.”
That amendment is known as the “Keep Nine” amendment, according to a text of the proposal shared on the Cruz Senate website.
The legislative proposals pushed by Cruz are supported by GOP Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, and Martha McSally of Arizona. --->READ MORE HERE

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