09.22.20

Senator David Perdue Fights To Prevent Democrats From Packing Supreme Court

Constitutional Amendment To Keep SCOTUS At Nine Justices

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today cosponsored a proposed constitutional amendment (S.J. Res.14) that would prevent the Supreme Court of the United States from being expanded beyond the current nine justices. The Supreme Court has had nine seats since 1869.

“Senate Democrats are openly threatening to radically reshape our nation’s highest court. They want to pack the Supreme Court with additional activist justices who will reinterpret the Constitution to fit their radical, socialist agenda,” said Senator David Perdue. “For almost 150 years, the Supreme Court has been limited to nine seats. In 1937, at the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to add six justices to help implement his liberal, big government proposals. Congress prevented it from happening then and we need to prevent it from happening now. This amendment will safeguard the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court and prevent our country from going down this dangerous path.”

 

Here’s what Senate Democrats have said directly about expanding the Supreme Court: 

  • Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said“Let me be clear… nothing is off the table for next year.” 

  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said: “I am absolutely open to it.” 
  • Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said: “When Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) saidIt’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court. It’s a conversation that’s worth having.” 
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said: “I am open to it. It depends on what happens with the Senate if that's realistic.”

###