Cruz proposes to cement nine-judge Supreme Court in constitutional amendment – Dateway

A group of Republican senators are proposing an amendment to United States Constitution that would reduce number of judges on United States Court to nine.

Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is joined by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), in co-sponsoring Keep Nine amendment, which would bar Congress from increasing number of judges on High Court bench.

Democrats in both houses of legislature threatened to “bow court” if Justice Amy Coney , Trump’s third candidate for Court, was seated.

“Make no mistake, if the Democrats win the election, they will end the filibuster and pack the Court, increasing the number of judges to advance their radical political agenda, entrenching their power for generations and destroying the foundations of our democratic system, “Cruz said in an October 19, 2020 .

The proposed amendment also includes a bill that would create a “point of order against an act to alter the number of judges of the Court of the United States.” A point of order is a procedural claim that a rule of the Senate is violated.

Passing the Keep Nine Amendment would end the possibility of courting the court by any Congress or , removing action as a political tool of retribution or opportunity.

In September, Reps Denver Riggleman (R-VA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) proposed a similar amendment to the Keep Nine Amendment, also setting the number at nine. Members of Congress, in a bipartisan , said they feared partisan and politically motivated efforts to expand the court could spark a battle that could further polarize the .

In its present form, the Constitution of the United States (Article III, Section 1) states: “The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in a single Supreme Court and in lower courts as Congress may from time to time direct and establish. It is the verbiage ‘as Congress may from time to time order and establish’ that gives political supporters of Congress the opportunity to pack the bag.

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Any amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires two-thirds of the House and Senate to approve the text of the amendment. Then three-quarters of the states must ratify the amendment.

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