During Biden’s campaign trail there were several times he refused to announce whether or not he planned to ‘pack’ the Supreme Court. Instead, he stated that he planned to create a “bipartisan commission to propose changes to the Supreme Court and federal judiciary.”
This announcement was made in an attempt to please both the left-leaning progressives that supported adding more justices to the court and the left-leaning moderates who were not fond of the idea.
Now that the Biden administration has taken the presidency, the plan to launch the bipartisan commission is underway, although there is no clear answer on whether or not the commission will support ‘packing’ the Supreme Court.
The commission is reported to contain several law experts, including Cristina Rodríguez who was the deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice under President Obama.
Biden explained his plan with the new commission in October: “If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission – a bipartisan commission … and I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system … it’s not about court-packing.”