Biden’s SCOTUS commission to hold first public meeting on court reform

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President Biden’s bipartisan commission on the US Supreme Court will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss court extensions, term limits and more. The White House announced on Thursday.

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why it matters: The six-month commission will present an analysis of the key arguments surrounding the divisive topic. Progressives are pushing for more seats after former President Trump appointed three judges to the court.

description: The commission, which includes 36 law professors, constitutional scholars and former judges, is charged with studying Supreme Court reform, including:

  • Court Packing.
  • Court composition.
  • The criteria that guide the confirmation of new judges.
  • Partisan struggle on the court.
  • Caseload Management.
  • Organization of lower federal courts.
  • The business of judges.
  • Judiciary Disciplinary Code.
  • duration limit.

yes but: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the commission was “evaluating”, not making recommendations.

big picture: Although several congressional aides – including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – have advocated for an extension of the court, Biden still hasn’t said definitively whether he supports adding more seats.

  • Democrats called for more seats after Republicans swiftly filled the seat of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an election year.
  • Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in the House in April to raise the Supreme Court from nine to 13.
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