Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped his Democratic colleagues’ latest efforts to pack the courts Thursday; saying the media would broadcast “wall-to-wall outrage” if Republicans had tried to add new Supreme Court judges under Donald Trump.
“If Republicans had introduced a bill to add four Supreme Court seats for the last president to fill, there would have been weeks of wall-to-wall outrage on every newspaper and cable TV channel nonstop,” said McConnell.
Democrats in the House and Senate are poised to introduce legislation that would add four justices to the United States Supreme Court, bringing the total from nine judges to thirteen.
“Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, joining progressive activists pushing to transform the court,” reports NBC News.
“The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election,” adds the outlet.
The movement is being led by Sen. Ed Markey and Congressman Jerry Nadler.
“This bill marks a new era where Democrats finally stop conceding the Supreme Court to Republicans,” said Brian Fallon, a former Senate Democratic leadership aide
“Our task now is to build a grassroots movement that puts pressure on every Democrat in Congress to support this legislation because it is the only way to restore balance to the court and protect our democracy,” he said.
While not specifically enshrined in the US Constitution, the number of Supreme Court Justices has remained nine since 1869.
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