For every bad idea put forth in the House of Representatives by the Democrat majority, it seems another, even more radical piece of legislation follows right behind it. This week, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) filed legislation to expand the Supreme Court from nine justices to 13 claiming that he is not packing the court, but rather, “unpacking it.” He said the bill would “restore balance to the nation’s highest court after four years of norm-breaking actions by Republicans led to its current composition.”
Representative Nadler does not attempt to veil the effort to prevent the conservative majority in the Supreme Court from making any decisions with which the left disagrees. Keep in mind, these justices were lawfully placed by the process outlined in the Constitution. The Supreme Court is intended to be an integral part of a delicate checks and balances system. By expanding the number of justices, Democrats attempt to make the Supreme Court a political entity, threatening the integrity of the institution as an independent body. If they succeed in expanding the court, and it once again entered a conservative majority, will Democrats simply expand again and again in order to remain in power?
Many within the Democratic party have denounced such action over the last several decades. Even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive icon, and Justice Steven Breyer decried the expansion of the court. President Biden himself once called it a “bonehead idea.” Similarly, 54% of Americans oppose expanding the Court, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.
Regardless of expert and public opinion, President Biden proceeded with his commission to explore the expansion of the court, among other topics. I am firmly against any attempt to undermine one of the most important institutions in our country. To corrupt the independence of the Supreme Court would be detrimental to the American people’s trust in their government and a further erosion of our Founding Fathers’ intentions for our framework of government. I hope my fellow members across the aisle will halt this short-sighted power grab.
Bruce Westerman is a U.S. Congressman representing the 4th District of Arkansas. He is a Republican.