Nancy Pelosi and senior Dems kill their own party's bid to pack the Supreme Court with four more liberal judges by saying they WON'T support House bill

 Nancy Pelosi effectively killed an upcoming Democrat proposal to expand the Supreme Court by four seats by saying Thursday she would not bring the bill to the House floor.

The bid from a group of Democratic lawmakers would change the number of justices for the first time in 160 years and wipe out the conservative majority built under Donald Trump. 

'Do you support [Rep.] Jerry Nadler's bill to expand the Supreme Court by 4 seats and would you commit to bringing that bill to the floor,' a reporter asked the House Speaker at a press conference on Thursday.


'No,' she said.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, while unveiling the bill Thursday, explained Democrats are looking to reverse the conservative majority created under the last administration with the court packing bill.

'We're not packing it, we're unpacking it,' Nadler argued.

Pelosi said she backs President Joe Biden launching a commission to look at expanding the Supreme Court Justice count, rather than bringing forward the current Democrat proposal.

'I support the president's commission to study such a proposal,' Pelosi added. 'But, frankly, I'm not – right now, we're back, our members – committees are working putting together the infrastructure bill and the rest.'

'I don't know that that's a good idea or a bad idea,' she said. 'I think it's an idea that should be considered and I think the president's taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing. It's a big step. It's not out of the question, it's been done before in the history of our country.'

Republicans railed against the progressive idea with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claiming it would 'dismantle the government institution' and allow Democrats to 'totally take over another branch of government to have control purely for a political base.'

Of the proposal for a four-seat expansion, McCarthy said: 'Ironically it's the same number needed to give Democrats a one seat edge.'

'Never in my time in politics did I ever believe they would go this far,' McCarthy added during his press conference Thursday. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats effectively killed their own party's proposal to expand the Supreme Court by four seats before House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler's announcement of the bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats effectively killed their own party's proposal to expand the Supreme Court by four seats before House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler's announcement of the bill

Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (at podium) unveiled a new bill Thursday, April 15 in front of the Capitol that would expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 seats despite fellow Democratic leadership claiming they would not back the proposal

Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (at podium) unveiled a new bill Thursday, April 15 in front of the Capitol that would expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 seats despite fellow Democratic leadership claiming they would not back the proposal

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said, 'We're not packing it, we're unpacking it', by arguing the bill would reverse the 'unfair' conservative majority created under Trump

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said, 'We're not packing it, we're unpacking it', by arguing the bill would reverse the 'unfair' conservative majority created under Trump

During Senate floor remarks on Thursday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out a continued double standard between what Democrats expect of the GOP and what they carry out when they have power.

'If Republicans had introduced a bill to add four Supreme Court seats for the last president to fill, there would have been weeks of wall-to-wall outrage on every newspaper and cable TV channel nonstop,' McConnell lamented. 

Senate sponsor of the bill Ed Markey, along with Nadler and House advocates of the bill, unveiled a new 'court packing' proposal Thursday outside of the Capitol that would expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court from 9 to 13. 

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin expressed Thursday he would not sign on to the idea yet. 

Durbin told reporters at the Capitol: 'I just heard about [the proposal]. I'm not ready to sign on yet. I think this commission of Biden is the right move. Let's think this through carefully. This is historic.'

'I'm concerned both by the current situation, which I believe was influenced by the McConnell decision to keep that vacancy open until Trump could fill it,' Durbin said when asked about critics' claims of court packing.

'I want to make sure that our response to that is reasonable,' he said.

'So you haven't decided yet if you'll bring it up for a vote in committee?' a reporter pushed.

'Not yet,' Durbin said. 'This is the earliest stage of the conversation. I really want to see what the commission proposes.' 

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Republicans have condemned proposals to increase the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to 13.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement to National Review on Thursday: 'Here are some facts: The Supreme Court isn't supposed to be America's super-legislature.'

'Democrats don't have some historic mandate in a 50-50 Senate to nuke the Court; the progressive activists who wrote this bill are high on their own supply; and a whole bunch of sane Democrats are quietly praying this thing dies,' he continued.

'The court-packing bill is delusional,' Sasse said.

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted: 'Packing the Supreme Court would destroy the Supreme Court. The Democrats will do anything for power.'

Donald Trump's former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said increasing the size of the court was a terrible idea.

'The moderate left is gone,' he said.

'This is who they are now. Open borders. Outlawing voter ID. Free healthcare for illegal migrants. And now court packing.

'This should be roundly rejected.' 

Biden established a 36-member commission earlier this month to look into 'court packing' in a move at getting more liberal justices onto the Supreme Court bench and dismantling the 6-3 conservative majority.

The president's moved has been called a 'power grab', a 'move by the radical left when they can't get what they want' and an attack on the Constitution by furious Republicans.

The announcement of the commission follows months of debate over whether Democrats should seek to expand the court beyond nine justices – a number that hasn't changed since Abraham Lincoln was president.

During Trump's presidency, he was able to expand the conservative majority by bringing in Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.

The announcement came as progressive groups launched a campaign demanding Justice Stephen Breyer resign for saying there shouldn't be more justices on the bench.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front, second from right) opposed increasing the number of justices

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front, second from right) opposed increasing the number of justices


Regardless of any recommendations given by the White House commission, changing the number of justices would require congressional approval.

Durbin's proposal, first reported reported by The Intercept, was always likely to spark strong protest from Republicans, who warned during the election that Joe Biden would try and change the court's composition.

'Who agrees that we should expand the Supreme Court?' tweeted Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the sponsor of the bill in the Senate.

Mondaire Jones, who is sponsoring the bill through the House, tweeted: 'Our democracy is under assault, and the Supreme Court has dealt the sharpest blows. To restore power to the people, we must #ExpandTheCourt.' 

He added: 'Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure.' 

The Supreme Court is currently conservative leaning, with six conservative judges seated. Donald Trump appointed three: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett

The new plan is being promoted in the House by the Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerry Nadler. He is backed by Subcommittee chair Hank Johnson, and freshman Jones. 

In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Markey. 

Changing the composition of the court requires a Senate sponsor, and congressional approval.

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The number of justices on the Supreme Court is not specified by the Constitution.


Until 1869, the number regularly fluctuated depending on which political party was in power, and their aims.

Under John Adams there were five: under Abraham Lincoln there were 10.

Biden himself refused to say before the election what his position was. In 1995 described efforts to expand the Supreme Court as 'boneheaded'.

But, under pressure from progressives within his party, he said last week that he was forming a special commission to investigate the issue. 

The formation of a 36-member commission was announced by the White House on April 9. 

Biden's move was called a 'power grab', and a 'move by the radical left when they can't get what they want'.

Jerry Nadler is reportedly leading the push in the House to change the composition of the court
Mondaire Jones, representing New York, is part of the push to change the Court

Jerry Nadler (left) and Mondaire Jones are leading the push to change the Court in the House

Hank Johnson, of the House Judiciary Committee, is also promoting the new legislation
Ed Markey, a senator for Massachusetts, is leading the charge to change the Court via the Senate

Hank Johnson (left) is also promoting the bill in the House, and Ed Markey in the Senate

Joe Biden established a presidential commission to examine expanding the Supreme Court

Joe Biden established a presidential commission to examine expanding the Supreme Court


The move follows months of debate over whether Democrats should seek to expand the court beyond nine justices - a number that hasn't changed since Abraham Lincoln was president.

Biden's move would essentially wipe out the conservative 6-3 majority Trump brought in.  

The six conservatives on the court are Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, appointed by Trump; Samuel Alito, appointed by George W. Bush; and Clarence Thomas and John Roberts, both appointed by George H.W. Bush.

Barack Obama appointed two liberals - Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The third liberal, Stephen Breyer, was appointed by Bill Clinton.

The announcement came as progressive groups launched a campaign demanding Breyer, 82, resign for saying there shouldn't be more justices on the bench. 

Some are also urging Breyer to consider retiring so that Biden can appoint another liberal to the bench. 

Republicans, including their Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, and Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, say the steps are what the 'radical left' does when they don't get their way. 

McConnell added: 'When they (Democrats) lose a presidential election, it's time to abolish the Electoral College. 

'And when activists' cases fall flat against the rule of law, it's time to ignore Justices Ginsburg and Breyer and pack the Supreme Court.'

Even Biden has previous said bids to pack the court with more liberal judges were a 'power grab'. 

In 2005 he called it a 'bonehead idea'.  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last year, once said: 'There are some people on the Democratic side who would like to increase the number of judges. I think that was a bad idea…if anything would make the court appear partisan.'

Biden's executive order creates a commission composed of a bipartisan group of experts, including legal and judicial scholars, former administration officials and former federal judges, the White House said in a statement. 

Biden's commission will be led by Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel for Obama, and Cristina Rodriguez, a Yale Law School professor who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel under Obama. 

Among the members are Michelle Adams, who was was recently in Netflix documentary 'Amend: The Fight for America' about the 14th Amendment, Guy-Uriel E. Charles, who writes about law's role in addressing racial subordination, and constitutional law professor William Baude.   

Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican representing Nebraska, said: 'This progressive court packing commission is going nowhere fast. 

'President Biden knows that he doesn't even have the votes in his own party to pack the court; he knows that court packing is a non-starter with the American people; and he knows that this commission's report is just going to be a taxpayer-funded door stopper. 

'What the President doesn't have his the courage to come out and flatly tell the radical left that he's not going to pack the Supreme Court.'

Republican congressman Jim Jordan said bluntly: 'Why study something we already know? Democrats want to pack the Supreme Court.'  

Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said: 'Joe Biden and the radical left will destroy our institutions to seize power. 

'This means eradicating the electoral college and the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court.' 

The Article 3 Project, a group that defends constitutionalist judges and 'punches back on racial assaults on judicial independence', said in a statement: 'This is an alarming announcement from President Biden that should be met with the harshest of denunciations from both sides of the aisle. 

'Packing the Supreme Court would destroy centuries of hard work from Democrat- and Republican-appointed justices to insulate the high court from partisan politics. It also raises serious red flags as to what unconstitutional actions President Biden is planning that a more favorable Supreme Court might tolerate.

'Just this week, Justice Breyer joined the late Justice Ginsburg in rejecting court packing. This isn't a right versus left issue. 

'This is a matter of protecting the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and safeguarding our constitutional republic from irreversible damage.

'We hope this commission is simply an empty gesture to the radical left. 

'But there is real danger in President Biden giving credibility to the idea of court packing; he is playing with fire and threatening the constitutional foundation of this country. 

'He should have the wisdom and enough self respect to recognize that any attempt to pack the Supreme Court would be rejected by Congress and would be an ugly stain on his legacy, just as it was for the last president who tried it.'

The Supreme Court building in Washington DC, seen on March 4 amid tight security

The Supreme Court building in Washington DC, seen on March 4 amid tight security

Even some on the left criticized the decision. 

Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, a liberal advocacy group that supports expanding the court and term limits for justices, said in a statement: 'A commission made up mostly of academics, that includes far-right voices and is not tasked with making formal recommendations, is unlikely to meaningfully advance the ball on Court reform.'

But others seemed willing to give it a chance. 

'With five justices appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, it's crucial that we consider every option for wresting back political control of the Supreme Court,' said Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a liberal judicial advocacy group.

'President Biden's commission demonstrates a strong commitment to studying this situation and taking action.' 

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