New Executive Order From Biden, This Time on the Supreme Court

New Executive Order From Biden, This Time on the Supreme Court

New Executive Order From Biden, This Time on the Supreme Court

President Joe Biden on Friday announced a new executive order that will form a commission to study expanding the Supreme Court, fulfilling a campaign promise to progressive activists who demanded the new administration pack the courts in response to President Donald Trump's appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

During the 2020 campaign, Biden repeatedly dodged taking a firm stance on adding seats to the high court.

But Biden has indicated that he believes the court should not be subject to the political swings of the electoral cycle.

"President Biden wants to radicalize the Supreme Court". "Presidents come and go".

The Supreme Court has had nine members since just after the Civil War.

Biden will sign an executive order creating a commission composed of a bipartisan group of some three dozen experts, including legal and judicial scholars, former administration officials and former federal judges, the White House said in a statement.

"The Commission's objective is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform", the statement said. "Adding seats is the only way to restore balance to the Court, and Congress should get started right away". Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, refused to even hold hearings on filling the vacancy, even though it was more than six months until the next presidential election. The number of justices on the court has remained at nine for more than 150 years.

The commission will have 36 members, some of them prominent names.

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The commission will be co-chaired by Bob Bauer, a White House counsel for former President Obama and Cristina Rodriguez, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the United States Department of Justice. Among the commissioners are renowned constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe, NAACP President Sherrilyn Ifill, Brennan Center for Justice President Michael Waldman, and voting rights expert Michael Kang.

"This White House judicial reform commission has a historic opportunity to both explain the gravity of the threat and to help contain it".

The 36-member commission will be co-chaired by former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama, Bob Bauer, who now serves as the Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, and Yale Law School Professor Cristina Rodriguez, who previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel, also under Obama. "Now, look, I know it's a great question".

Earlier this week, Breyer himself warned liberal advocates of making big changes to the court, including expanding the number of justices.

"It is wrong to think of the Court as another political institution", Breyer said in remarks prepared for delivery at Harvard Law School.

"Structural adjustment motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust", he said. Changing the number of justices would require congressional approval.

Legal observers called the list "super impressive" but unlikely to endorse "radical change".

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