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Planning for Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Begins

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Planning for Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Begins

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Under pressure from his party’s base to pack the high court with additional justices, President Joe Biden is following through on his campaign promise to create a commission to examine possible reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, tried to pack the Supreme Court in the 1930s after it struck down a series of his legislative initiatives as unconstitutional, but lawmakers from his own party viewed the move as a political bridge too far when the public expressed its disapproval of court-packing. While court-packing legislation died, the justices later dropped much of their opposition to Roosevelt’s government-enlarging New Deal legislation and upheld the various laws’ constitutionality. News that planning for the commission is underway comes after Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation Jan. 22 to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit the Supreme Court to nine justices, the numerical cap that has been …

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