Biden To Form Commission On Reform Of US Supreme Court: White House

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

Biden To Form Commission On Reform Of US Supreme Court: White House

"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", Fallon said.

Illustrative: US President Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, October 26, 2020.

"Today's announcement is a direct assault on our nation's independent judiciary and yet another sign of the far left's influence over the Biden administration", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) 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, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals", the White House said in a press release Friday.

Democrats accused Republicans of "stealing" a Supreme Court seat in 2016 when the Senate, then controlled by Republicans, refused to consider Democratic President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

The president's executive order will ask the commission to complete its report within 180 days of its first public meeting.

Other big names on the commission include Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Duke University law professor Walter Dellinger, constitutional law professor at NYU School of Law Richard Pildes, Harvard Law professor emeritus Lawrence Tribe, and University of Chicago Law School professor William Baude.

Liberal activist groups see Biden's appointment of the commission as merely avoiding a decision on whether to add seats to the court.

"My Democrat friends decry the last president for weakening our institutions with his words and behavior but they now cheer the effort to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster, which would forever diminish institutions at our Republic's foundation", Sen. As the weak, the frail, the ever-struggling cognitively Joe Biden ordered a commission to study the effects of judicial reform.

Congress would have to approve any changes to the court Biden might propose, and he would be sure to face strong opposition from Republicans.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told Doocy that while looking into court packing was one of the things the commission would be looking into, that would not be the entirety of their research. As one of three members remaining in the court's liberal bloc, Breyer may want to step down while a Democrat is in office - much as many thought Ginsburg should have.

The court's oldest member is liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, 82. The court, Breyer said, depends on "trust that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics".

Among likely voters, 58% said Democrats should not look to increase the size of the Supreme Court, while only 31% said they were in favor of it, Fox News reported that the time. Mike Davis of the conservative Article III Project called the news of the commission's creation "alarming" in a statement, adding that "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".

"The Commission's goal is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform", the statement said.

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