Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Court-Packing

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In the final months of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the idea of court-packing became a controversial topic. The idea was to put more justices on the Supreme Court, and with a largely Democrat-controlled government, most if not all of Biden’s nominations would be progressive Democrats. Members of the progressive left began pushing the idea after President Trump’s 3rd nomination’s confirmation, Justice Amy Coney Barret.

At first, Biden avoided answering whether or not he supported packing the Supreme Court until the issue became a deal-breaker for many voters, at which point he eventually stated that he was “not a fan of court-packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue.”

In response, several Republican Senators introduced a bill that would legally limit the number of seats on the Supreme Court to nine.

Senator Marco Rubio recently released a statement on the issue, stating “As a candidate, President Joe Biden promised to unify America, and even said he was ‘not a fan’ of packing the Supreme Court, a radical proposal he once referred to as a ‘bonehead idea’ when he served in the Senate. If he is sincere about healing our country and protecting our institutions, he will support this effort to protect the Supreme Court.”

Senator Mitt Romney supported the bill as well, stating that “It remains imperative that we continue to resist efforts to pack the Supreme Court and treat it as if it is one of the elected branches of government. Our society is only as strong as its institutions, and I hope my colleagues will join us in our effort to ensure the integrity and independence of the Supreme Court.”