Our Highest Court Back in the Spotlight

April 15, 2021

By: Nick McIntosh

After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former President Donald Trump nominated now Justice Amy Cohen Barret to be a judge in our highest court of the land. During her nomination, it sparked major frustration within the democratic party. Now we are in a stalemate with Congress and the Presidency. And it continues to grow every passing day.

Lawmakers will propose new legislation later today to expand the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen justices. Trying to give a majority to a liberal stronghold than the conservative court that we see today. This was a major issue President Joe Biden wanted to take on. In recent days, President Biden set up a commission to study on if we need to “pack the court,” or keep it the way as it is. President Biden also views that we should not pack the court. The President said on 60 Minutes, “…The court is getting out of whack...” and “Presidents come and go. Supreme Court Justices stay for generations.” It is going to be an uphill climb, like many big agenda items President Biden has not proposed yet.

The Senate is split. With a hair of a majority in the democratic favor, the democratic party needs at least 60 votes to even start this conversation, if this legislation is passed in a democrat majority house. Also, the Dems needs to bring their colleagues Joe Manchin (D - West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (D – Arizona) to their side, since these two senators are fairly conservative. In summary, the Democrats needs put in some work to get this legislation passed. 

So, what is next. All we know it will cause another fight like many others that is going on in Congress. Many conservatives want to keep the Supreme Court as it is. You can guess why.  Many liberals are mad because former President Trump took advantage of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. We will see a fight in the coming days. More updates will follow if any new developments come to surface.