US Senators gunning for presidential position like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, said they would not “rule out” increasing the number of judges in Supreme Court after 2020 elections.
As reported to media, Harris claimed “We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court, and we have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.” She also said that the possible methods consist of increasing the number of judges to change the control of Republic party on the appointment of judges and defining term limits.
Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said in an interview that she “believes Justice Neil Gorsuch essentially possesses an illegitimate seat after Garland was denied even a committee hearing.” The US Senator also feels the need to impose strict ethical rules on the judges.
Gillibrand while addressing the media said that introducing appellate judges into the Supreme Court cases is “a conversation that’s worth having.” She also mentioned that “It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court, a conversation that’s worth having.”
Increasing the count in the Supreme Court would be a momentous power play by the next Democratic president and the Congress. It would require an intense legislative fight and the negligence of many judicial and congressional guidelines.
The move, if implemented, will certainly bring the chance to have more people favorable policies being carried forward. This would ensure that no citizen friendly policy remains stuck or is denied the chance just for the reason by playing politics. It would also be worth to mention the policy should be carried out in such a way that there is no extra burden on tax-payers or a waste of the tax payer’s hard earned money.
President Donald Trump’s campaign states that these structural reforms have been supported by the Democrats since the 2016 elections. “This is just what the Democrats always do, as when they lose, they try to change the rules. This is no different from when they attack the Electoral College every time they lose the White House. Now it’s court-packing. They want to change our institutions to fit their own political desires,” The Trump campaign says.
Other supporters of this policy are groups, like Demand Justice and Indivisible that are curious to see Democrats to be on offensive side against the Republicans. A group with the name, Pack the Courts, is trying to make the theme a central idea of 2020 presidential elections and has started raising funds as well.
Following the trend, there is a high possibility that the number of the Supreme Court judges may again rise given the indications by the Democratic US Senators. However, it will only be fruitful if it is implemented in such a way that the tax payers find it worthy and no citizen policy or law gets buried in lieu of politics.