Elizabeth Warren calls for expansion of the Supreme Court saying the ‘current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation’
Elizabeth Warren has said ‘it’s time’ to start packing the Supreme Court, claiming that the current set of judges ‘threaten the democratic foundations of our nation.’
The progressive Senator claimed the ‘radical court’ had ‘trampled on the Constitution’ and urged Congress to restore ‘balance and integrity to the broken institution’ ahead of forthcoming decisions on abortion and gun control.
Warren, 72, writes in the Boston Globe: ‘I don’t come to this conclusion lightly or because I disagree with a particular decision; I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation.’
The Democrat laid out a list of rulings, from upholding the ‘racist Muslim ban’ to ‘gutting’ the Voting Rights Act.
‘This radical court has reversed century-old campaign-finance restrictions, opening the floodgates for corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to buy our elections. It has reversed well-settled law that once required employers to permit union organizers to meet with worker,’ she writes.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has used an op-ed in the Boston Globe to declare she supports expanding the Supreme Court by at least four seats.
‘It has trampled on the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection by upholding a racist Muslim ban. It has twisted the law to deny Americans their right to a day in court, despite the clear intent of Congress. And it has gutted one of the most important civil rights laws of our time, the Voting Rights Act, not once but twice.’
The Massachusetts Senator said that given the court’s track record, it was incumbent on Congress to intervene – as it has the right to do as set out by the Constitution.
‘This court’s lawlessness is a powerful threat to our democracy and our country,’ Warren wrote.
‘Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to change the size of the Supreme Court. Congress has used that authority seven times before. To restore balance and integrity to a broken institution, Congress must expand the Supreme Court by four or more seats,’ she added.
While acknowledging concerns over court packing, she claimed that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump used ‘two stolen seats’ to push through their own nominations.
The ‘stolen seats’ refers to Merrick Garland, whose nomination by Barack Obama was blocked by Republicans who said it came too close to the election, and the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was replaced shortly before the 2020 vote.
Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Garland seat, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett for Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court.