After the U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, top Democratic members of Congress threatened to expand the supreme court.
According to The Daily Wire, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar spoke out in the Senate against the Republican majority decision saying they had lost six of the last seven popular votes but had appointed six of the previous nine judges to the court.
“By expanding the court, we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people,” Omar said.
According to the Daily Wire, recent polls indicate that most Americans supported Justice Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The support she has received has increased since her nomination became better known.
Only 28 percent of the public opposed her confirmation, and 27 percent supported the partisan proposal to expand the court.
Since September, Democratic lawmakers have threatened to expand the Supreme Court to increase the number of liberal judges if they take control of the White House and Senate, according to Fox News.
During an interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that “these are long-standing threats” made by Democrats since before Ruth Bader Ginsburg left a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Congressional Democrats must end the filibuster and pass legislation to expand the court. Should he win, Joe Biden must sign it into law.”
Other Democratic legislators such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib pushed to expand or ‘package the court. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said during an NBC program, “Should we expand the court? Well, let’s take a look and see.”
Judge Barret’s confirmation to the court came after Senate Republicans won a 52-48 majority vote.
Barrett is President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nomination. His two nominations, Dr. Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were confirmed in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Judge Barrett’s new appointment establishes an advantage for conservative versus liberal justices on the Supreme Court (6-3).
This increases the progressive political sector’s concerns since the Supreme Court must decide on the public health reforms (Obamacare) that President Donald Trump hopes to propose by November 10.