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Democrats' Court-Packing Plan
Jun 10, 2019 at 02:22 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Recently, some Democrats have endorsed plans to alter the composition of the Supreme Court by adding additional justices, an idea that has been labeled “court-packing.”
  • Among the most vocal proponents are some of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Pete Buttigieg.
  • Buttigieg and O’Rourke have introduced specific court-packing plans during their campaigns. Both plans call for a Supreme Court comprised of 15 justices, but Buttigieg’s specifies that the Court should contain five Democrats, five Republicans, and five justices selected by the other ten. Other court-packing proposals include adding term limits for justices.
  • Calls to consider court-packing proposals increased over the last week after Mitch McConnell commented that he would make sure any 2020 Supreme Court vacancy was filled before the presidential election, despite blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.

Food For Thought

Is adding additional justices to the Supreme Court a necessary reform, or a threat to a Democratic institution?

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