As Democrats are tossing the idea of packing the Supreme Court, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is looking to put a halt to that, as he’s introducing legislation to limit the Supreme Court to nine justices.
“Proponents of a Democratic-led court-packing scheme foresee an impending ‘crisis’ – one that they use to justify their highly partisan tactics,” Rubio wrote in a Fox News op-ed.
Rubio noted that to “prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court,” he will introduce legislation to make sure there are only nine justices on the Supreme Court even though “there is nothing magical about the number nine.”
“It is not inherently right just because the number of seats on the Supreme Court remains unchanged since 1869,” he wrote. “But there is something inherently good and important about preventing the further destabilization of essential institutions.”
As IJR Red reported, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was the first candidate to vocalize his idea of adding six additional justices to the Supreme Court.
Other 2020 Democratic candidates who are following in Buttigieg’s steps and not ruling out the idea include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
“It’s not just about throwing [six more] justices on the court,” Buttigieg said on “Fox News Sunday” this past week. “What I think we need to do is some kind of structural reform that makes the court less political.”
It seems that Democrats who are supporting court-packing are doing so because of the grip President Donald Trump has on the courts, as he’s pushed dozens of judges through as well as two Supreme Court justices.
With these Democratic calls for court-packing, I wonder what stops @realDonaldTrump from nominating two more SCOTUS justices right now, with a Senate Republican majority happy to confirm? Democrats would all scream bloody murder and then this charade would be undercut.
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) March 18, 2019
However, as several Democrats are tossing the idea of packing the Supreme Court, Rubio is not having it.
“Court-packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates as this ugly, winner-take-all rhetoric gains prominence in progressive circles,” he wrote.