Last week, the Democrat Party formally introduced legislation to pack the Supreme Court. The bill known as the Judiciary Act of 2021 proposes putting four new (liberal) justices on the Supreme Court; Democrats defended this legislation by erroneously accusing the Republican Party of stealing three court seats.
Many Democrats have backed their party’s work to pack the court; however, a minority of leftists are working to distance themselves from this push. Thus far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, claims that she will not bring the Judiciary Act of 2021 to the congressional floor.
Whether or not Pelosi stands by this (or changes her mind to accommodate the far left as she has in the past) remains to be seen. However, a fresh poll shows that Americans harbor largely differing views on both packing and “reforming” the Supreme Court.
The American public on the United States Supreme Court
According to a survey conducted by Ipsos, 63% of U.S. adults favor placing age limits and/or term limits on Supreme Court justices. Only 22% of polled adults stated that they were against age and/or term limits for justices serving on the Supreme Court.
However, when it comes to packing the Supreme Court, the numbers show that many Americans oppose the Judiciary Act of 2021. The bill aims to add four new seats to the Supreme Court; although, just 38% of American adults favor this. A whopping 42% of Americans described themselves as opposed to adding another four seats to the current nine.
Since Democrat lawmakers officially came forward with the Judiciary Act of 2021, the White House has worked not to take sides on this issue. During a press conference last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared that Biden supports free speech and recognizes that different congressmembers will have different views.
Psaki would not state whether or not Biden currently supports or opposes expanding the Supreme Court to 13 seats.
The Supreme Court expansion debate
Several liberal congressmembers are supportive of expanding the court; however, Democrat Party leaders (such as the president and House Speaker) don’t seem too eager to act on this. Meanwhile, Republicans are firmly against packing the court.
Earlier this month, President Biden approved a commission to probe a series of potential reforms for the Supreme Court. These potential reforms include, but are not limited to, adding new seats to the court.