Speaker Pelosi Says No Vote For SCOTUS Expansion Bill, Still Doesn’t Rule Out Court-Packing
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated during a press conference held on Thursday that while she’s not going to rule out the possibility of packing the Supreme Court with liberal justices, she’s not going to be bringing the proposed bill to expand the Court to the floor for a vote.
When asked whether or not she would bring bill, which is being put together by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, up for a vote, she said, “No.”
She later clarified, however, that she has “no plans” to bring the current bill to the floor, but that she “doesn’t know if that’s a good idea or bad idea” to expand the court from 9 to 13 members, and that future a plan to expand the court is “not out of the question.”
“No. I support the president’s commission to study such a proposal, but frankly, I’m not — right now, we’re back, our members, our committees are working. We’re putting together the infrastructure bill and the rest,” Pelosi replied. “I don’t know if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think it’s an idea that should be considered and I think the president’s taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing. It’s a big step.”
Pelosi then suggested that packing the court is a legitimate way to break gridlock if Congress is faced with certain “challenges.”
“It’s not out of the question. It has been done before in the history of our country a long time ago. And the growth of our country, the size of our country, the growth of our challenges in terms of the economy, etc., might necessitate such a thing,” she went on to say.
The Supreme Court has had exactly 9 justices since 1869. Prior to that, the number fluctuated from 6, at the time of President George Washington, to 5, to prevent then-President Thomas Jefferson from appointing a new justice to the Court, to 10 during President Abraham Lincoln’s tenure. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to “pack” the court by adding 6 judges in the 1930s, but the Senate killed his hopes, shooting down the proposal 70 votes to 20.
This is just another phase of the Democratic Party’s plan to ensure that they one day have total and absolute power over this country without having to worry about losing future elections. Of course, this whole court packing thing will backfire if they don’t find a way to change the election laws to rig the system in their favor.
When Republicans take over, they could pack the court with their own justices. It’s just a ridiculous strategy to employ. Hopefully, the left will realize this and let it go.