Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leads a group of Republican senators who are proposing a constitutional amendment to prevent future presidents and legislatures from stacking the Supreme Court.
The proposed amendment by Cruz merely specifies that the Supreme Court of the United States should be constituted of nine justices. Senators Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Mike Lee, and R-Utah co-sponsored the amendment. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Reps. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Mike Braun (R-IN) co-sponsored the bill.
Cruz said that the Democrats’ response to a Supreme Court committed to respecting the rule of law and the Constitution is to fill it with liberals who will rule in their favor. The Supreme Court should be impartial, not inflated with each new government. According to Cruz, this is why he has proposed a constitutional change to keep the number of justices at nine in perpetuity.
If Congress approves his amendment, it will be sent to the states for ratification. Cruz first proposed the amendment in 2021 in reaction to Democratic remarks hinting that they could attempt to increase the number of Supreme Court justices to counteract the impact of the three conservative justices chosen by former President Donald Trump.
If Democrats recovered control of the Senate next year, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., declared, “everything is on the table,” including changing the courts; this was during an appearance on MSNBC in October 2020, before Biden “won” presidential election.
The calls became louder when the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in a momentous ruling last year. Last year, when a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked, progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted, Right-wing radicals have stolen the Supreme Court of the United States. Warren then added that they need to “#ExpandTheCourt “to rebalance it and safeguard fundamental rights, especially the constitutional right to abortion.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri stated that for years, the left has been yearning to fill the court to further its radical agenda. Hawley said they must guarantee that they adhere to the court’s foundational values, uphold the precedent of nine judges, and prevent the Democrats from rigging democracy. Hawley is correct as more and more evidence is Democratic censorship is being revealed.
House Republicans submitted a comparable amendment in January, warning that if Democrats obtain control of Congress, they will “weaponize” the Supreme Court.
In June 2022, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that President Biden does not support court-packing.
It is something with which the president does not agree, Jean-Pierre told reporters at the press conference. “It is not something he wants to do.” That is actually an alarming statement, considering Biden is being controlled by his administration.