Biden Committee Decides Not to Talk About Court Packing

Biden Committee Decides Not to Talk About Court Packing

( – The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has frequently been the subject of political debate over the last year or so. Former President Donald Trump appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the bench to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ever since, Liberals have complained the court leans too heavily to the right (six of its nine current members were appointed by Republicans). Now, a new report has emerged from a commission looking into potential changes to the structure of the nation’s highest court.

The 288-page report from the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States discussed the potential for expansion of the court, otherwise known as court-packing, the introduction of term limits, and adjustment of the court’s role in administering the principles of the Constitution.

Significantly, the report took no formal position on court-packing. It went into detail on the arguments in favor of and against the idea, but would not say whether a majority of the commissioners thought expanding the bench was a good idea. It did note the problems such efforts have created elsewhere in the world, where governments have used powerful positions to interfere in the judicial process, potentially to the detriment of proper democratic principles.

The report’s authors noted that, like the American public, they were deeply divided on the subject of court-packing. Do you think it’s a good idea?

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