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Planning for Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Begins

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Planning for Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Begins


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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