On Wednesday, House Democrats blocked a measure by Republicans to prevent the expansion of the Supreme Court.
The Republican resolution proposed an amendment to the Constitution requiring the Supreme Court to be composed of nine justices.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Fundamentally changing the composition of the court to satisfy the demands of one political party would permanently erode the independence of the judicial branch and forever alter the separation of powers, which is the very foundation our constitution and our nation were built upon,” Cole warned.
But House Democrats opted to block the measure.
“Where does it end?” asked Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), citing the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s opposition to packing the court. “Once this body establishes that the size of the court can grow only so that we can secure the preferred judicial decisions of the House majority, where does it end?”
Senate Democrats are currently divided in their discussions over whether they support expanding the Supreme Court, The Hill reported Wednesday. As they discuss reforms, such as increasing the number of justices and imposing term limits, the Democrats recognize that they do not have the votes necessary to enact these policies.
The ideas are fueled by the overturn of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and other monumental cases as of late, the publication reported.
The Supreme Court has held nine justices for 153 years.