Pack the court? Battles between Republicans and Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future
Added 10-25-20 03:04:03pm EST - “The Constitution does not set? the number of justices. Created in 1789 with six, the court has veered from five to 10, settling at nine 150 years ago.” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON – Democrats facing the prospect of a Supreme Court tilted 6-3 in favor of conservative justices have a number of rejoinders to consider if they win the White House and full control of Congress next month.
Fuming at what President Donald Trump and Republicans have done since 2016 to turn the court to the right, they could fight back with legislation, Senate rules changes – even by granting statehood (and two Senate seats) to the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
Not since 1869 has the number of Supreme Court justices been changed. Not since 1937 has anyone seriously tried.
But as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered Trump's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett last week, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island issued a warning:
“Don’t think that when you have established the rule of 'because we can,' that should the shoe be on the other foot, you will have any credibility to come to us and say, 'Yeah I know you can do that, but you shouldn’t," Whitehouse said.
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