◈ Why the U.S. Supreme Court Must Be Kept at Nine Justices ◈

DreamRyderX

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Why the U.S. Supreme Court Must Be Kept at Nine Justices
by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Denver Riggleman (R-Va.)

Source: The Hill
The United States Constitution established a system of checks and balances to protect the American people from abuses of power by any one branch of the United States government.

At the foundation of this system of checks and balances is an independent Supreme Court, created to prevent the abuse of power by a President or Congress.


Unfortunately, the intense partisanship in Washington, D.C., has brought out worrying proposals to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court and then “pack” those new positions with political allies.

The U.S. Constitution does not currently specify how many Justices may serve on the Supreme Court, creating an opening that a future president and Congress may someday exploit for political advantage.


That is why we are leading a bipartisan effort to preserve the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court by asking Congress to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that simply states:

“The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.”

This amendment would permanently prevent the president or Congress from manipulating the size of the Supreme Court to obtain a political advantage.

Any attempt to pack the U.S. Supreme Court would set off a judicial arms race which will further divide our country. If one party succeeds in packing the court, the next party to win a majority may move to do the same in retaliation, further eroding respect for the court and the rule of law.

Congress last modified the number of Supreme Court justices in 1869, when it raised the number of justices from seven to nine.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously tried to pack the Supreme Court in 1937. His effort failed because the American people, as they do today, want the Supreme Court to remain an independent branch of government.

Congress has previously amended the Constitution to meet the challenges of the times by guaranteeing voting rights for women and Americans over the age of 18, as well as an amendment limiting presidents to two terms. Our common-sense amendment addresses the real concern today that partisans in either party would try to pack the court at the expense of all Americans.

Leaders in Washington, D.C., are finding it harder and harder to find common ground. We hope elected officials on both sides of the aisle will join this effort to preserve the integrity of our judicial system.

The future of our nation depends on the preservation of an independent Supreme Court to protect our rights and freedoms. That is why America needs this amendment.

This is a bi-partisan amendment proposal, & it has strong support on both sides of the isle. IMHO this amendment could prove to be one of the most important amendments to the US Constitution to date......Without this safeguard, the Court can be rigged by each party in today's harshly divided political climate....with no true relief in sight.

Remember, a short term partisan political gain through 'Packing the Court', can mean disaster for ALL the American People, & both Political Parties, in the long run.....

Well, what do you think?
 

HBS Guy

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Too many political appointees—the bloody Senate prevented Obama from appointing a Justice. Biden should appoint 3-4 progressive justices to the SCOTUS!
 

DreamRyderX

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Too many political appointees—the bloody Senate prevented Obama from appointing a Justice. Biden should appoint 3-4 progressive justices to the SCOTUS!
Well, just like President Trump before him, if the vacancies come up, he will have that opportunity, but as it looks his chances of fulfilling your wish aint going to be in Biden's or Harris's lifetimes.....Cest la vie


Keep in mind only the President can nominate a Justice to the Supreme Court, but importantly only the U.S. Senate can confirm a Presidential nomination. The President can nominate a dozen, but the Senate can rule out 11 of them....one at a time, a full hearing for each....no one gets a seat on the bench until they vote in the affirmative to confirm a Presidential nomination.....no one.

PS......over 120 Justices were appointed to the Supreme Court over the last 200+ years......all of them were political nominations & appointments......via a political process mandated within the US Constitution.....want to change that, the People will need to amend the Constitution via another Constitutionally mandated political process.........
 
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DreamRyderX

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The Supreme Court should not be a political body.
I agree, they are chosen via a political process, by politicians, but the Court itself isn't beholden to any particular political party. Just because their decisions may be favored or disdained by one political party or another doesn't in itself mean that the decision was made on political lines.
 

johnsmith

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At the foundation of this system of checks and balances is an independent Supreme Court, created to prevent the abuse of power by a President or Congress.
this snippet is a load of bollocks. Under the US system there is nothing independent at all about the Supreme court. Typically their decisions are made based on what their side of politics want.
 
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