Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would expand the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to thirteen.
The current composition of the court consists of six conservative justices, including Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett (appointed by President Donald Trump), and three liberals, after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Of course, liberals are not very happy about it.
On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers held a press conference outside the Supreme Court to reintroduce the Judiciary Act of 2023, which would add four more seats to create a 13-Justice bench.
This bill could undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
The bill was introduced by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“Republicans have hijacked the confirmation process and stolen the Supreme Court majority—all to appeal to far-right judicial activists who for years have wanted to wield the gavel to roll back fundamental rights,” Sen. Markey stated.
“Each scandal uncovered, each norm broken, each precedent-shattering ruling delivered is a reminder that we must restore justice and balance to the rogue, radical Supreme Court. It is time we expand the Court,” he added.
Markey also called Justice Clarence Thomas to resign. The Democrats ramp up their harassment campaign against Justice Thomas because the ultimate goal is to expand the Supreme Court.
“Justice Thomas should resign from the Supreme Court of the United States,” Markey said during the press conference.
“We have to remind him that we have a system of constitutional checks and balances, not checks for balances. That is what we must now fight to ensure happens in our country. The Court has put all these rights of all Americans, but especially those of people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBTQ, rural and low-income communities at risk,” he continued.
“Let’s start with undoing the Republican thievery and adding four seats to the Court. Congress can do it by passing the Judiciary Act. Expanding the court is constitutional. Congress has done it before, and Congress must do it again now,” he added.
A new coalition called Just Majority, with nearly 40 partner organizations including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and American Atheists, is supporting this bill to expand the Supreme Court.