Democrats in Congress are reportedly leading a bicameral effort to pack the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to expand number of justices on the bench from nine to 13.
According to the Intercept, the bill is being led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Subcommittee chairman Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), and freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).
Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is leading the effort in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats began talking about packing the Supreme Court after Justce Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed in 2018. Biden once dismissed the idea, but moved to the left on the issue, as he did on many others. He declined to state his position until late in the 2020 presidential campaign, after the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, when he proposed the commission.
Expanding the Supreme Court to 13 justices would give liberal justices a nominal 7-6 majority. Congress can set the size of the Supreme Court without a constitutional amendment, though the last president who tried to pack the Supreme Court, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was opposed by his own party.
Democrats in Congress are dropping a bill on Thursday to add 4 seats to the Supreme Court, bringing, effectively erasing the conservative majority Trump appointed
If Joe Biden is the "uniter" he claims to be, he needs to immediately come out against this bill
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 15, 2021
Last week, it was reported that President Joe Biden issued an executive order to establish a presidential commission to examine “the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” among other things.
The commission should have a report completed within 180 days of its first meeting.
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer actually warned against court packing.
In a speech prepared for Harvard Law School, Breyer said, “Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust.”
Biden Exec Order Designed to Increase Voting and Voter Registration Access for Prisoners
President Joe Biden signed an executive order yesterday which would increase voter registration for prisoners and those on probation.
A fact sheet on White House.gov states, “The order will direct the attorney general to establish procedures to provide educational materials related to voter registration and voting, and to the extent practicable, to facilitate voter registration, for all eligible individuals in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”
The U.S. Marshal service was requested to include language on its contracts to facilitate voting by mail and ensure eligible criminals have information on voting and voter registration.
It also instructs the Attorney Genreal to help support former prisoners with obtaining identification that satisfies state voter I.D. laws.
Biden’s plan was announced during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciously beaten by state troopers as they tried to march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama.
“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have it counted,” Biden said in his remarks to Sunday’s Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast before signing the order. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”
News of Biden’s executive order comes just after the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion so-called COVID relief bill. The bill was slammed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) who says murderers like Dylan Roof and the Boston Bomber will get $1,400 stimulus checks:
Dylann Roof murdered nine people. He's on federal death row.
He'll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats' "COVID relief" bill.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 6, 2021
We’ll leave you with some food for thought on all of this:
Joe Biden just signed an executive order making it easier for criminals IN PRISON to vote
He’s about to sign a bill into law that sends $1,400 checks to criminals in prison
So much for governing as a “moderate”
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 7, 2021
Biden Refers To His VP as "President Harris"
While giving a speech at the White House, Joe Biden referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris” on Thursday.
Biden was discussing the vaccine when he said, “now, when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people and giving vaccinations said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,”
“It’s my great honor to serve as your commander-in-chief,” Biden said. “I look forward to hearing your active duty and recommendations of how we will work together to keep the American people safe, meet every challenge in the 21st century. I want to thank you both.”
“And I want to thank the Sec, the former general, I keep calling him general, my my uh, the guy who runs that outfit over there,” he continued. “I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we’ve just talked about and for recommending these two women for promotion. Thank you all. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops.”
President Trump would regularly host long and combative press conferences with reporters and journalists whereas Biden broke a 100 year record without holding a one. It will be interesting to see how they handle it as Psaki has indicated it’s possible Biden will be presented with a list of approved journalists at his first press conference.