Senate Dems Issue Ominous Warning to SCOTUS: ‘Heal’ or Be ‘Restructured’

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Several Democrats in the Senate delivered an ominous warning to the Supreme Court in a case brief regarding a gun law in New York City.

In a case brief filed on Monday, five Senate Democrats — Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — wrote that the Supreme Court was “not well” and needed to be “heal[ed]” before “the public” demands the institution be “restructured.”

The group of senators also brought up rulings by the court, where there is a 5-4 conservative majority.

“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.'”

The senators quoted a Quinnipiac poll in May that found 55 percent of Americans thought that the Supreme Court was mainly motivated by politics. The same poll found 51 percent of Americans were in favor of restructuring the Supreme Court.

The case the briefing accompanied was New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York and dealt with the legal limitations on where unloaded, locked, and licensed firearms can be taken by gun owners.

An overhaul of the Supreme Court has taken its place among the policy proposals for many of the prominent Democratic presidential primary candidates.

As IJR Red previously reported, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) proposed that he wanted as many as 15 justices on the bench and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) gave his support to an 18-year term limit proposal.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that she was “absolutely open” to a dialogue on packing the court. She was joined on this idea by Gillibrand as well as Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The idea of packing the court did not strike a chord with current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who trashed it as a “bad idea” and that she was “not at all in favor of that solution to what I see as a temporary situation” during an interview with NPR.

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — the self-described “Grim Reaper” of progressive policies in the upper chamber — blasted the talk of packing the courts as being from “out of the ash heap of history.”

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Charles
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I wonder if they would be in favor of this had democrats replaced Kennedy and Scalia? Of course not. Democrats only want to challenge the Constitution or law when things don’t go their way. Democrats are a plague on this nation and need to be removed, shipped out of the country. Let them try England, where they love the laws.

Otis
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The Dumbocrats dare use a word which even hints at ‘Reconstruction’? The audacity!😝

Paul Ogea Jr
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Paul Ogea Jr

The last time they tried some bs tactics Harry Reid was in office. See where that got them.

William Conley
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William Conley

So they aren’t even trying to hide it anymore huh just saying we don’t like the fact we lost control of the supreme Court so if you conservative judges don’t get on board we’ll hinder you further than we always have? Set term limits I’m all for it but then set those exact same limits on Congress you corrupt clowns that you have always been but stopped wearing the make-up.

MariaRose Randazzo
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They need to be careful about what they wish for because the term limits will also effect them too

Cherl
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But the healing wouldn’t be necessary if the numbers were reversed. Those 5 are so transparent in their whining that it’s surprising that at least a few Dems can’t sit back and see the obvious hate for anything they can’t control.

Gene
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Gene

By their standards: 51% want to change the Court. Let’s do it.
80% are against abortion. Let’s ban abortion now.
Double standard, Anyone?

Bonnie Keever
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So now the democrats are threatening the Supreme Court wow first I would like to know how many people on this poll they took because I don’t remember it and who says you have that power to do such a thing you can be voted out and don’t speak for the people of the us

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