Analysis: Don't be fooled: The Supreme Court isn't expanding anytime soon
April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
Compression ratio: 21.1%. 1 min read.
One of the most common mistakes in Washington is to confuse movement with action.
That's exactly what's happening these days when it comes to the debate over whether the Supreme Court should be expanded from its current nine seats as a way to offset the 6-3 conservative majority on the court, cemented by former President Donald Trump's three appointments over the course of his four-year term.
On Thursday, a handful of Democratic senators and House members will introduce legislation that would add four seats to the court.
That move comes just a week after President Joe Biden signed an executive order establishing a commission to study whether the nation's highest court should be expanded.
This court expansion bill is the former, not the latter.
With a series of vacancies -- and Republicans' double-digit seat gain in the 2020 election -- the Democratic majority is extremely thin, meaning Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) could afford to lose very few votes if she wanted to shepherd the court expansion to passage.
The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want.