Pelosi says she has 'no plans' to bring bill to expand Supreme Court to House floor
April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Democratic congressional leaders are rejecting a liberal push to expand the Supreme Court, dealing a blow to progressives in the latest sign that party leaders are attempting to tread cautiously on the highly controversial issue.
The legislation introduced by a group of House and Senate Democrats, would add four seats to the Supreme Court, an idea that has been championed by progressive grassroots activists and gained momentum in the wake of former President Donald Trump's successful appointments of three conservative justices to the high court during his time in office.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, told CNN that he is not ready to endorse the new bill to expand the Supreme Court to 13 justices, saying he is not prepared to bring it up for a committee vote yet.
"I'm not yet convinced the court needs to be expanded," Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told CNN on Thursday of the idea.
"The other thing is they forget history," Grassley added, citing President Joe Biden when he was a senator, he said, calling expanding the court a "bonehead" idea, "So that ought to speak for better than anything else than I can say what the President said in the past. "