Joe Biden – The Democratic presidential candidate has been pressured repeatedly to give his position on “court-packing” but said his committee would consider options “well beyond” the expansion of the courts.
“The last thing we need to do is make the Supreme Court into a simple political football – whoever has the most votes gets what they want,” said former Vice President Biden. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices remain for generations. “
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has said he will create a national commission to look into Supreme Court reforms if he’s elected, saying the group will explore options “well beyond” by expanding the number of justices on the bench under pressure from both sides of the country. Corridor to define his views on “court-packing.”
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Biden has been pressured repeatedly to give a definitive answer to the idea of increasing the number of judges beyond nine. The former vice president previously said he was “not a fan” of expanding the Supreme Court but has mostly been a mother on the matter. At an ABC News town hall, Biden appeared to be open to reform – especially if Republicans confirm Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the election – and said he would give up his position before November 3.
Although he did not completely close the door to the court’s extension, Biden said his commission was “not about the impeachment of the courts” and said the group would consider a number of other reforms that could help the Supreme Court’s trial. reform.
“If elected, what I will do is put together a national commission – a bipartisan commission – of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative, and I will ask them to, over 180 days, [to] come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack – how it’s being handled and it’s not about settling the court,” Biden said to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell in a preview of a” 60-minute “interview that will go on wave Sunday.
When O’Donnell insisted on whether the commission would specifically study courtroom packaging, Biden said his group would investigate “whether there are some alternatives that go … well beyond wrapping.”
“The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just political football – whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want,” Biden said. “Presidents come and go. Supreme court justices stay for generations.”
The judicial packaging issue has gained momentum among more Democrats in the wake of the Republican expedited trial to confirm that Barrett will occupy the seat of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg just days before the presidential election. Democrats called the prosecution a “fiction” and urged Republicans to wait for confirmation since the vote is already underway. Some Democrats have suggested adding more judges to the court if Republicans pass Barrett’s nomination.
President Donald Trump and his allies attacked Biden for earlier aiming at a position on “court packaging” and have complained that Democrats want to change the rules if Barrett is upheld and Conservatives to extend their majority in court to 6-3 .
Barrett’s nomination is expected to be brought forward by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with the full Senate due to vote on its confirmation on Monday, just eight days before the election.