Democrats currently have a huge advantage in this country: not only do they now have the presidency, but they also hold the majority in the Senate and House.
That doesn’t mean they’re sitting on their laurels, though. They want to continue to expand their advantage if possible, and that might include adding influence to the highest court in the land.
However, Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t want to let it happen.
Cruz just introduced new legislation that would preserve the independence of the Supreme Court. And he’s petitioning for a constitutional amendment that would require the Court have 9 Justices.
The amendment has gone over well with his Republican colleagues, too.
GOP Sens. Mike Braun (Ind.), Pat Toomey (Penn.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rick Scott (Fla.) have already pledged their support for the idea.
And in the end, this is about stopping Democrats from packing the court. As Cruz said in a statement (via Fox News):
As my Democrat colleagues brazenly discuss expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, this legislation and constitutional amendment ensures we prevent either party from wielding the Supreme Court as a political tool for their own advantage.
I urge my colleagues to defend the fundamental liberties of their constituents—their religious liberty, freedom of speech, and Second Amendment rights—and swiftly take up and pass these proposals to prevent Court-packing.
After Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed on, Democrats talked about expanding the size of the Supreme Court.
This was probably because then-President Donald Trump replaced Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett, which tilted the balance of power in the Court in favor of Conservatives (6-3).
So, it was natural for Democrats to want more justices, as they’d have more opportunity to even things up.
Sen. Chuck Schumer said last year that Congressional Democrats should “pass legislation to expand the court,” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “expand the court” in October.
But Cruz and other Republicans have been pushing back ever since.
They believe they know exactly why Democrats want more court justices, and they also believe their leftist counterparts totally support the idea of court-packing.
For the record, the Supreme Court has had 9 justices since the 19th century, and Republicans see no reason to change it. Especially if it’s only to give Democrats the chance at more power.
For now, we’ll have to see if Cruz’s legislation passes, and how Democrats will respond if it does.
Either way, the battle for influence and control on Capitol Hill is just heating up, and will continue to intensify leading into the 2022 midterm elections.
- Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation to preserve the independence of the Supreme Court, and keep the number of Court Justices at 9.
- It’s really a move to block Democrats from court-packing. Republicans have been railing against this for months.
- Cruz’s idea already has support from several GOP members.
Source: Fox News