Democratic congressman calls on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
April 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones on Friday said Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer should retire this summer, becoming the first congressional member to publicly call for the 82-year-old justice to step down.
(CNN)Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones on Friday said Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer should retire this summer, becoming the first congressional member to publicly call for the 82-year-old justice to step down.
"There's no question that Justice Breyer, for whom I have great respect, should retire at the end of this term," the New York Democrat told Cheddar News in an interview when asked if Breyer should end his tenure while Joe Biden is president.
Jones joins the liberal group Demand Justice in pressuring Breyer to retire to give Biden an opportunity to add a new, younger liberal justice to the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority.
Breyer, the eldest of the nine Supreme Court justices, was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Democratic President Bill Clinton.
CNN has reached out to the Supreme Court for comment.
During Barack Obama's presidency, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faced some pressure to step down so that Obama could name a younger liberal to sit on the court.
Jones, along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and other Democrats, introduced legislation Thursday that would add four seats to the Supreme Court.
Jones and the other Democratic sponsors of the bill argue expanding the Supreme Court to 13 justices would "restore balance" to the high court after "norm-breaking actions" by Republicans that resulted in its current composition.