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Biden Announces Commission to Study Reforming Supreme Court If Elected

bidenDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would form a commission to evaluate the Supreme Court when he was asked about expanding the court past the current threshold of nine justices.

The move, or “packing the court,” has been floated by a number of Democratic lawmakers after Republicans moved to nominate and have all but confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month.

Biden told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that he would create a bipartisan group to provide recommendations within a half-year on how his administration would deal with the Supreme Court.

“If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of, bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal-conservative,” the former vice president remarked. He added that they will have 180 days to come up with recommendations on “how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack, the way in which it’s being handled.”

“And it’s not about court-packing. There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make,” he added. In the interview, Biden did not say whether he is in favor of or against packing the court.

Republicans say that with the latest comments on the Supreme Court, Biden is being pushed further to the left by members of his own party.

“Voters should be incredibly concerned Democrats are considering any reforms to the Supreme Court, much less reforms that go further than court packing,” said Jesse Hunt, a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a statement after Biden’s latest comments. “Biden’s answer on this issue shows just how far to the left he’s being pushed by the most liberal members of his party, and Senate Democrats are riding shotgun on this radical takeover attempt.”

Both Biden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris have faced criticism from the GOP and President Donald Trump’s campaign after they refused to say whether they would pack the court. During the first presidential debate, Biden refused to answer the question, later telling a reporter asked if voters deserve to know his position on the controversial move, he replied “no, they don’t.” He later apologized.

Biden later said it the court-packing claims are a distraction.

“I’m not a fan of court-packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue. I want to keep focused,” Biden told CBS affiliate WKRC in October. “The president [Trump] would like nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would in fact pack the court or not pack the court, et cetera. The focus is, why is he doing what he’s doing now?”

Court-packing is a term used to describe legislation that changes the number of seats on the Supreme Court to presumably change its ideological makeup.
Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to expand the court from 9 justices to 15 by adding a new justice for every sitting one who wouldn’t retire after their 70th birthday.

He came up with the plan in 1937 after he won his second term in office, saying that the Supreme Court was taking too long to render decisions on important cases. However, critics said that Roosevelt was aimed at changing the ideological makeup of the court to push through New Deal programs.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett despite a Democratic boycott. Democrats filled their seats with photos of people who rely on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

“This has been a sham process from the beginning,” wrote Senate Democrats in a statement. “Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they’ve been unable to get through Congress.”

Democrats have alleged that Barrett, if confirmed, would strike down key provisions of Obamacare when the issue comes to the Supreme Court in mid-November. Barrett would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the court.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Jack Phillips

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Phil
11 months ago

The phrase, “form a commission to evaluate the Supreme Court…” is Democrat Socialese which translates, “we will pack the Supreme Court. The arrogance of the Democrats to think American citizens want a left-wing activist court! Far from it Senator Schumer and Senator Harris and former VP Biden and Speaker Pelosi.

LloydG1954
11 months ago

Commission to violate the constitution? Doesn’t that mean China Joe is admitting to be an internal enemy of the constitution?

Justis
11 months ago

DemocRats were okay with electoral college when Obama was in office for 2 terms, they want to abolish it with a Republican in office.
Supreme Court is ok with 9 when a DemocRat is in office, Republican in office they wanna expand the Supreme Court.
Liberal hypocrisy at its best.

Richard Tanner
11 months ago

I would expect nothing less from a Democrat run Government. How sad and scary.

James
11 months ago

Biden incapsulates everything I despise in a politician. Biden will appoint a commission alright – a commission headed by AOC! The result will be to pack the SCOTUS! Of course Biden refuses to say it! The anti-America demon George Soros supports the democrat communist party! I can’t understand why anyone votes democrat?

Duane
11 months ago

Ridiculous. We DO NOT need to spend money on another investigation or commission. To tell us what? Biden is a deceiver and liar. Just follow the CONSTITUTION. People we elect to office need to do their job and stop wasting our money and time! And we need to hold them accountable.

Last edited 11 months ago by Duane
Clark Kent
11 months ago
Reply to  Duane

Since when did Dumbocrats give a rip about the Constitution?

Duane
11 months ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

They better start! Now! In fact, some Republicans better start giving a rip too!

Last edited 11 months ago by Duane
Lynn Miller
11 months ago

For Democrats, “reform” means COURT STACKING.

Clark Kent
11 months ago
Reply to  Lynn Miller

Not court stacking but court packing.

Stan d. Upnow
11 months ago

“…come up with recommendations on ‘how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack, the way in which it’s being handled.’”

Translation: We Progressive-Socialists see the SCOTUS as an impediment to forcing implementation of our America-wrecking agenda. Therefore, it is time we eliminated this outmoded branch of govt. as proposed in our “reform” package.

PaulE
11 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Bingo! The only purpose of a commission is to allow Biden to say “It wasn’t my idea. This is the recommendation of a bi-partisan commission. So if Congress chooses to expand the size of the Supreme Court, I will sign off on it as a show of how to restore “unity” in America.” Thus he gets to dodge personal responsibility for the blowback that will occur from half the country, when the six new members installed on the Supreme Court are all ultra leftists.

Clark Kent
11 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Funny how the GOP did not claim the SCOTUS was ‘out of whack’ the past 60 years for being liberal.

Stan d. Upnow
11 months ago

“…and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they’ve been unable to get through Congress.”

That exactly describes the Progressive-Socialists’ tactics. It’s a historical fact that Fascists & Communists accuse their targets of just what They are guilty of. We’ve seen that time & time again in the last 4 years.

PaulE
11 months ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Yes and its amazing that still so many people on our side still can’t quite see that. Everything is a shock to them. The “How could this have happened crowd.” They can’t quite see that the people in Washington claiming Trump is guilty of this or that are themselves the ones doing these things, not Trump.

Dan W.
11 months ago

I love commissions because commissions are a politician’s way of saying that they are going to do something when they have no intention of doing anything.

In this case, that’s a good thing.

Clark Kent
11 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

You could not be more incorrect. When a Dumbocrat claims Republicans will be involved, it means they won’t. And when they claim ‘reform’ they mean ruin. And yes, they have EVERY INTENTION of packing the court if they could, bank on it. In that case, it’s a very bad thing.

Dan W.
11 months ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Commission or not, the Democrats don’t have the support in their own party to expand the Supreme Court. There minds may be weak but they still remember what happened when FDR tried court packing.

The same blowback would happen again and they would lose big in the next election.

Ron
11 months ago

I don’t see Biden’s handlers to allow him to pull together a bi-partisan commission of anything going forward. The Dems are after pure political power with no interference from any other political group.

Stan d. Upnow
11 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Oh, but you’re wrong. Their “fair & balanced” commission will consist of cherry-picked “scholars” with far-Left credentials, the Squad, and maybe a couple of RINOs like Romney or Murkowski. How could anyone object to that?

PaulE
11 months ago

So Biden / Harris would appoint a bi-partisan commission composed of Democrats and a handful of RINOs to recommend the Supreme Court “problem” be rectified by increasing the size of the court to 15 members. In other words court packing to ensure a permanent leftist Democrat court. All the new members being of course ultra liberal Democrats, who will rubber stamp whatever the Democrats want as “constitutional”.

Jaegerjohan
11 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yep, they can put Arizona’s Flakey former Senator/lap dog on the commission for a guaranteed result.

Mimi
11 months ago

Good!! She’s a constitutional jurist and needs to be a member of the highest court!!

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