Biden's Court Packing Commission's Conclusion Does Not Satisfy Progressives

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 09 December 2021 22:45
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President Biden's Supreme court panel presented no intention either way on the prospect of the President picking additional justices to the current nine.

The 34-member commission published its 288-page report Monday. There were six public meetings and the testimony of 44 witnesses after Biden spoke his concerns over the nine-justice court's 6-3 Conservative majority.

The committee was established in April as part of a campaign commitment by Biden to study court expansion and reform. Biden was against court-packing in the past before the commission was set up. He shifted after Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020, and Donald Trump selected Amy Coney Barrett to take her position.

There have been calls from some in the Democratic Party to expand the court, facing a 6-3 Conservative majority for the foreseeable future. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Representatives Jerry Nadler, and Mondaire Jones of New York, co-sponsored the 2021 Judiciary Act.

Critics also said he should not have been able to select Coney Barrett so close to the presidential election.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar tweeted "expand the court" just moments after Amy Coney Barrett was verified by the Senate. She and other legislators are now poised to encourage Biden to take action on packing.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez added: "Republicans do this because they don't believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do. And for a long time they've been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn't. There is a legal process for expansion."

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Pro-packing members of Congress may be dissatisfied with the results of the panel, which did not offer any specific details regarding court expansion.

Members of the commission said that the 44 members often differed profusely regarding additional justices. The report indicates this is similar to "the broader public debate."

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"Given the size and nature of the Commission and the complexity of the issues addressed, individual members of the Commission would have written the Report with different emphases and approaches," a summary of the report read. "But the Commission submits this Report today in the belief that it represents a fair and constructive treatment of the complex and often highly controversial issues it was charged with examining."

The commission suggested that "no serious person" in either party believes court-packing should be used to overturn disliked Supreme Court decisions.

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