Biden's Supreme Court Commission Raises Concerns About Adding Justices

Headline Roundup October 17th, 2021

A commission formed by President Joe Biden to study potential changes to the Supreme Court has raised concerns about increasing the number of justices. Preliminary draft materials released on Thursday contained warnings from some members that feared the "partisan maneuver" would “undermine, rather than enhance” the Supreme Court's legitimacy. The bipartisan commission met Friday to assess term limits for justices, limiting the number of justices that a president can name, and whether expanding the Supreme Court would be "wise." Progressive Democrats who have pushed to expand the number of seats said that the draft "misses the mark," alleging that the group is "biased" against court-packing. Biden formed the 36-member commission in April in order to receive “analysis and appraisal” from both sides of the current debate over the Supreme Court. He will receive a final report from the commission in mid-November.

Left-rated outlets argued that the high court's conservative majority continues to "empower corporations, prevent action on climate change and roll back civil rights, voting rights and women’s rights to control their own bodies." Right-rated voices highlighted how Democrats "fumed" over the initial draft and were more likely to cover how two conservative jurists resigned from the commission after the meeting on Friday.

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A commission formed by President Biden to study potential changes to the Supreme Court expressed concerns over calls to expand the size of the court, with some members warning it would “undermine, rather than enhance” its legitimacy.

Documents released Thursday outlined a range of options that the 36-member panel prepared to discuss at a public meeting Friday. The commission is expected to issue a final report in mid-November amid calls by progressives in the Democratic Party to expand the number of seats, a measure Republicans oppose.

The commission’s members are set to discuss...

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ANALYSIS

Democratic lawmakers on Friday trashed a draft report released by President Joe Biden’s recently formed Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, saying its findings fall short of the kinds of reforms needed to restore integrity to the court.

“This report is a disappointment to anyone who’d hoped for a hard-hitting effort to address the Supreme Court’s deep troubles,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

“The White House Commission on the Supreme Court ‘draft’ misses the mark,” reads a joint statement from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Hank...

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ANALYSIS

The far-left fumed over an initial draft from Democrat President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court Commission on the issue of packing the Supreme Court, an idea that the report cautioned against.

“Court expansion is likely to undermine, rather than enhance, the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and its role in the constitutional system, and there are significant reasons to be skeptical that expansion would serve democratic values,” the report said, later adding, “Court expansion today could lead to a continuous cycle of future expansions.”

The Washington Post noted that the push from the far-left to expand...

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