House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi says she will not put any bill tabled on Thursday for vote.
The bill introduced by House Justice Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mondaire Jones (D-NY), and Senator Ed Markey would increase the number of bailiffs in the Supreme Court of Justice currently nine to 13.
Pelosi said of the proposed legislation, “I have no intention of getting them to speak.”
Pelosi said she supports President Joe Biden’s recent call for a commission to “investigate” a possible expansion of the Supreme Court.
“I don’t know it’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think this is an idea that should be considered, ”said Pelosi. She added, “It is out of the question.”
High Drama on Capitol Hill as Pelosi Nukes Nadler’s Court-Packing Bill https://t.co/jfNy14WFln
– RedState (@RedState) April 15, 2021
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Opposition on the left to court boxing
Since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last year and Judiciary Amy Coney Barrett’s GOP-led Senate endorsement to replace her, Liberal Democrats have openly toyed with the idea of adding judges to the court.
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Ginsburg herself said she thought it would be a bad idea to pack the dish.
As a Senator in 1983, Biden called the FDR’s attempt to package the court up “a headless idea,” but now as President, he is open to discussion of the idea, as his commission proves.
Other democratic lawmakers were also not involved in the legislative process.
Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate majority whip, stated, “I’m not ready to sign up yet.” He agreed with Pelosi that the president should form the commission.
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) blew the law, stating: “This is a system that has worked well for a long time. Changing it based on party control is not a good practice. “
1983: Sen. @JoeBiden calls FDR’s attempt to grab the Supreme Court a “bonehead idea”.
“It was a terrible, terrible mistake that challenged the independence of the most important body in this country for a whole decade.” pic.twitter.com/MEPu0fMRG4
– Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 9, 2021
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The possible reason for Pelosi’s emphatic no
During their weekly press conference, Pelosi gave a resounding “no” when asked about the legislation.
The reason could be that Pelosi doesn’t have the voices in the house.
With the lowest profit margins, she can only afford to lose two Democrats on any given bill.
Rep. Johnson says there is already “substantial support” for the bill on the Democratic side of the aisle. He added, “But the issue was not brought to the fore.”
The Senate is a very different scenario.
Many senators, including Democrats, are against the bill.
Senate Democrats would have to abolish the filibuster if the bill had a chance to pass the Senate.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have both stated that they are not in favor of hiring the filibuster.
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) wasn’t a firm yes or no to the filibuster, but has said she would prefer it to stay in place.
Flashback: Ruth Bader Ginsburg refused to pack in court and said, “Nine seems like a good number.” Https://t.co/KTTO2Nhu0c
– Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2021
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More evidence of a split in the Democrats
The fact that not all Democrats jumped on the court train immediately could be further evidence of a significant split within the Democratic Party. The trial law is undoubtedly a push from the left wing of the party.
Since November, Nancy Pelosi has had to deal with new “Squad” members like Cori Bush (D-MO), while the existing members did not seem to be listening to her before the election.
But it’s not just the progressive wing, as evidenced by longtime Democrat and current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, that sponsors the bill.
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at Georgetown University, may have diagnosed the problem shared by Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden that the radicals bypass both of them. “They decided not to wait for the commission,” said Turley.
Should the radical left of the Democratic Party decide to go over the head of Nancy Pelosi, the division within the Democratic Party could be too great to be pushed under the carpet in 2022.
The reported bill leaves open the real motivation behind court wrapping. It’s as subtle and elegant as a B-52. It leaves the composition of the court little more than a glorified life-tenure FCC. https://t.co/nSaxGPUkA3
– Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 15, 2021
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