Nancy Pelosi Throws a Big Wrench in Democrats’ Plan to Pack the Supreme Court

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will not support a new Democratic bill to expand the Supreme Court and will not bring it to the House floor. “[T]he growth of our country, of our challenges in terms of the economy … might necessitate such a thing,” the California Democrat said Thursday morning at her weekly news briefing, just hours after the legislation was released, according to Axios. “But in answer to your question, I have no plans to bring it to the floor.” The proposed bill would expand the court from nine to 13 seats, according to The Intercept. The legislation is sponsored by Democratic House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York and Democratic Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York. Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts will shepherd the bill through the Senate, the report said. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on April 9 to establish the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The six-month bipartisan commission is tasked with studying a number of Supreme Court reforms, including expanding the number of seats.

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