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Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to expand the Supreme Court beyond its current total of 9.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The endorsement makes Warren the new frontman for court-packing, which has attracted support in Congress from a handful of low-profile lawmakers. Her support is a needed jolt to the expansion campaign, which gives every sign of sputtering out for the time being. President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court commission refused to endorse Supreme Court expansion, and top Democratic lawmakers in both chambers are refusing to entertain the court-expansion bill.
Democrats offer shifting rationales for the legislation. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.), who introduced the bill in July, described it as a benign management necessity. Each justice handles administrative matters for 1 or 2 of the 13 federal appeals courts. Nadler said four seats ought to be added to the Court so that there is one justice per appeals court, which would reduce the strain of those administrative responsibilities.
There is no evidence that the justices are struggling to keep pace with their work—the Court is hearing its lowest number of merits cases per term since the Civil War—and the various circuit courts do not produce Court-caliber cases at an equal rate.
Warren was more forthright about her motives in a short video released Tuesday morning. She connected the Supreme Court’s conservative majority with a broader Republican scheme to cleave to power by using “broken rules” such as the filibuster and the Electoral College.
Warren wants to pack the court to a total of 13.