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By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Congressman Mark Green recently announced that he will be introducing a constitutional amendment on Thursday that would limit the Supreme Court to only nine members. The announcement comes amidst numerous calls, primarily from the Democratic side, to expand the amount of appointed Supreme Court justices to anywhere as high as 15 members.
The Supreme Court currently has nine appointed members, which has been the standard for decades, although the number has varied throughout history, reaching as high as 10 or as low as six.
Many high-profile Democrats have advocated for expanding the amount of Supreme Court justices, including 2020 presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke.
“The Supreme Court must remain a fair and impartial branch of government not beholden to party,” Green wrote in a statement. “Schemes to pack the court are dangerous to the Founders’ vision of an independent judiciary that serves as a check on both the Executive and Legislative branches of government.”
Green’s planned constitutional amendment, if passed, would, for the first time, add a definitive number to how many members there would be in the Supreme Court, as the current wording of the constitution doesn’t stipulate on the number of judges.
President Donald Trump also weighed in on Democrats’ calls to expand the Supreme Court, saying during a news conference on Tuesday that he “wouldn’t entertain” the idea.
“The only reason that they’re doing that is they want to try and catch up, so if they can’t catch up through the ballot box by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way,” Trump said. “We would have no interest in that whatsoever, it’ll never happen. I guarantee, it won’t happen for six years.”