Senate Democrats Move to Check Supreme Court’s Decisions

Two Senators introduced a bill meant to give Congress more power to pass legislation directly in response to Supreme Court rulings that interpret federal statues or constitutional rights.

According to Law360:

The Supreme Court Review Act, introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., would help guarantee that the power to make policy remains with Congress, not the court, by creating streamlined procedures for Congress to exercise its existing power to amend statutes or create federal statutory rights.

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“Six radical justices enacted a bonanza of right-wing policies during the last term, reshaping American life in wildly unpopular ways over just a matter of days. The American people are fed up with policymaking by unaccountable Supreme Court justices, and we have a solution,” Whitehouse, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary courts subcommittee, said in a statement.

“This important good-government reform would check the activist court’s rogue decisions by ensuring policymaking stays where the Constitution delegated it: in the hands of the American people and their elected representatives.”

Cortez Masto said in a statement that the bill would allow Congress to better respond when the court “misinterprets congressional intent or strips Americans of fundamental rights.”

The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

The bill would apply the same framework to Supreme Court decisions that Congress has for responding to “major” agency rules under the Congressional Review Act.

Specifically, the bill includes expedited procedures for the Senate to pass laws by a simple majority, prevents abuse of the process by excluding any “extraneous” changes to federal law — similar to the “Byrd Rule” during the reconciliation process — and ensures members of the minority party in the Senate have an opportunity to propose alternative updates to the law.

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Gary C
Gary C
19 days ago

Puro mentiras(pure lies) from Senor Cortez Masto…the vast majority of Americans agree with most of the decisions made by SCOTUS.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
19 days ago

Democrats want to play games with the Democratic process. When they can’t win according to the rules, they want to change them. They have no shame.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
19 days ago

Seems our current legislature believes it has the role previously reserved for the Supreme Court. Perhaps it also wants to assume the role of America’s ROYAL FAMILY or limit itself to just KINGS and Queens.

I’d support term limits for the U.S. legislature, senators appointed by state legislatures and lifelong appointments for the Supreme Court. The Executive and Legislative Branches have stepped way beyond what was intended.

Ed D.
Ed D.
19 days ago

If anyone doesn’t believe that we are going down the socialist path, they are not only blind but dumb!

Jamey
Jamey
19 days ago

And the cosponsor list reads like the worst of the worst! The modern Democrat Party wants total political power in the US. Americans should never forget this. And Americans should also remember that the modern Democrat Part (and the Democrat political leadership) are “No damn good”! For true Americanism to return to the United States the entire Democrat Party and 80% of the Republican Party must be replaced by pro American representatives.

Carl L
Carl L
19 days ago

Senator Whitehouse is a disgrace to the United States Senate. When things don’t go their way, democrats want to change the rules. All they are interested in is power and not the American people.

Patty
Patty
18 days ago

This bill would give the demonrat congress free reign to Change laws as they please, which Piglosi is already doing. This must be stopped! When you see who is backing this bill, should be enough to get everyone on their feet fighting back! Republicans, are you listening?

Jawad
Jawad
18 days ago

The DemonCrats would in effect hamstring the Judicial Branch, then in time abolish it, welcoming mob rule. Then, after a decade or so of trampling upon the Constitution, a brutal totalitarian will seize absolute control and we will be another Soviet State.

Jawad
Jawad
18 days ago

To hell with Wheldon Shitehouse! I hope his constituents tar and feather him.

ByGeorge
ByGeorge
18 days ago

On the contrary, the American people are fed up with Democrats changing the rules whenever something doesn’t go their way. Meddling with the Supreme Court might just be the thing that starts the revolution. These people have no right making America a Marxist state by imposing Socialism. They are the party of pure evil.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
18 days ago

All these authors need to just become like the dodo bird

Byron
Byron
18 days ago

Absolutely NOT!!!! You disgusting baby murderers don’t get to go against the highest court in this country! The ONLY thing we follow here is the CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS!
No weird interpretation or lawyer bullcrap, FOLLOW IT AS IT IS WRITTEN PERIOD.

MeToo
MeToo
17 days ago

There only radical if the Dems are against it. The thing is the Dems are and have always been the radicals.

John
John
16 days ago

Congress already has that power, this is an attempt to bypass the filibuster rule.

Jim
Jim
14 days ago

Go ahead.
Works both ways.
Smile alot

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