The commission created by President Joe Biden to study possible changes to the U.S. Supreme Court held its first meeting Wednesday. It has six months to issue a report on reforms, including the possible expansion of the number of justices, an idea touted by liberal activists and Democratic lawmakers as part of a strategy to give more power to the left in the judiciary.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on April 9, creating the commission to examine possible changes to the nation’s top judicial body, including expanding beyond the current nine justices or implementing term limits rather than lifetime appointments.
After the first meeting held Wednesday, the commission’s first public words were from commission co-chair Cristina Rodriguez, “We definitely have a lot of work ahead of us,” she said. Rodriguez worked at the U.S. Justice Department under former Democratic President Barack Obama.
The other co-chair is Bob Bauer of New York University School of Law, who also served as a White House lawyer under Obama.
The Supreme Court currently has a 6-3 conservative majority after Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, made three appointments during four years in office. This situation implies a check on the near-absolute power now held by the Democrats after coming to power in the White House and gaining a majority in the Legislative Chambers.
The Republicans have opposed expanding the number of judges. Often referred to as “judicial packing,” the Democrats have stated their intention to fill the Court with progressive judges.
According to the White House statement, the commission has a total of 36 members, most of whom are academics, who were instructed to study the possibilities of modifying the U.S. judicial structure within 180 days before issuing a final report that will be taken into account to carry out any actual changes.
Bauer has been an advocate of term limits for Supreme Court justices. In 2005, he wrote in the Washington Post, “in our system of government, we normally restrict great power with limits rather than authorize its indefinite exercise.” So you can imagine where the Commission will start attacking.
Calls to expand the Supreme Court by more radicalized Democrats began to grow late last year after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Biden, during his candidacy, was repeatedly questioned about his intentions to expand the Supreme Court but generally managed to dodge such questions.
A recent plan, proposed by far-left judicial activists, calls for Senate Democrats to add hundreds of new federal judges to the lower courts through a procedural tactic known as the “reconciliation process.”
Daily Caller revealed the far left’s new strategy of first expanding the federal courts and filling them with judges sympathetic to the progressive, left-wing agenda.
These actions are evidence that the progressive sectors are attempting with various strategies to make a leftward shift in all areas of the U.S. justice system by increasing the number of judges sympathetic to their interests from the Federal courts to the top of the Supreme Court.