Monday, March 1, 2021

House Democrats Push for Largest Court Expansion in Three Decades; Ted Cruz Introduces Measures to Prevent Expansion of Supreme Court

House Democrats push for largest court expansion in three decades:
House Democrats on Wednesday pushed to allow the Biden administration to oversee the largest expansion of federal district courts in 30 years.
Enlarging federal courts is a bipartisan idea, but many Democrats took advantage of control over both chambers of Congress and the presidency to advocate for an immediate expansion. Citing unmanageable caseloads in courts across the country, they chafed at Republican suggestions for bipartisan court expansion that would take place over the course of multiple administrations.
“If there’s a need for more judges, there’s a need for more judges now,” said Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Cohen, along with other Democrats during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on court expansion, complained that under Trump, the racial diversity of the judiciary had decreased. Former President Donald Trump and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed through a record number of federal judicial nominees, prompting top Democrats to promise revenge when they retook control. --->READ MORE HERE
Ted Cruz introduces measures to prevent expansion of Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court has had 9 justices since the 19th century, though the number is not required by the Constitution
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Thursday reintroduced legislation designed to preserve the independence of the Supreme Court, including a constitutional amendment that would require the Court be comprised of nine justices.
The constitutional amendment has drawn support from a range of Republican cosponsors including Republican Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio of Florida, Todd Young of Indiana and Rick Scott of Florida.
The second proposal would prevent the congressional passage of legislation to add more justices to the high court.
"As my Democrat colleagues brazenly discuss expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, this legislation and constitutional amendment ensures we prevent either party from wielding the Supreme Court as a political tool for their own advantage," Cruz said in a statement. "I urge my colleagues to defend the fundamental liberties of their constituents—their religious liberty, freedom of speech, and Second Amendment rights—and swiftly take up and pass these proposals to prevent Court-packing." --->READ MORE HERE

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