House Democrats on Thursday intensified their attempts to “pack the court” following their failed attempts last year to stop then-Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination from going through by offering a bill to expand the court from nine to 13 justices.
Republicans and conservatives are now strongly rebuking what they claim to be an effort to threaten the integrity and people’s trust in the U.S. Supreme Court. On the same day that the Democrats bill was revealed, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, began a Republican endeavor to keep the number of seats in the nation’s top court at nine through a constitutional amendment.
He said that the Democrats' efforts to expand the court derive from their desire for power and a struggle to concentrate it in Washington D.C.
“They did that because they want power, just like how they changed the election laws, just like how they’ve gone after your guns and your weapons, just like how they’re leaving the border open and granting amnesty so more people can come in. All of this is related to their attempt to irrigate power to the center, which is Washington D.C.,” Biggs said.
“So why do they want four new justices? Well, because six of the justices were appointed by Republicans. They’ve got three,” he said of the current court. “That means they’ve got four for Biden, they’ll have 7-6. They want to take power. This is what all of this is about.”
While any try by Biggs or others to reform the Constitution are doomed to fail in the current Congress given that both chambers are currently Democrat-controlled, the proposal represents the beginning of conservative attempts to counter the Democrats’ new series of attempts to change the court.
Many leading conservatives have attacked the court-packing proposal, with conservative support groups promising that they will fight back against the push to liberalize the court.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) announced that it had started a new campaign to fight the Democrat bill, which would include a three-week $1 million dollar ad buy.
“For decades, Joe Biden stood firmly against court-packing. But now, the left-wing dark money groups who elected him and Senate Democrats are demanding it, and Biden is changing his tune,” JC's President Carrie Severino said in a statement.
Likewise, religious advocacy group First Liberty Institute initiated its own campaign and website called Supreme Court Coup to give its views on the Democrat effort to change the nation’s top court.
Republican lawmakers who have thought on the issue have characterized the proposal as a radical and dangerous move.