ROCHESTER, Minn. - U.S. Senator Tina Smith is backing an effort to expand the Supreme Court.
Smith is joining Senator Ed Markey's legislation to add four justices to the nation's highest court, becoming the bill's first cosponsor in the Senate. Minnesota's junior U.S. Senator says Republicans stole two Supreme Court seats during the previous administration, and balance must be restored to the court.
“Republicans have been working to politicize the U.S. Supreme Court for forty years, with the help of dark money and the Federalist Society. With Donald Trump’s help, they stole two seats, ensuring an ultra-conservative Court that is drastically out of step with the American people,” said Sen. Smith. “Allowing Texas’ extreme ban on abortion to stand is just the latest demonstration that much of the current Court has become dangerously unmoored from any reasonable principles of legal analysis. Doing nothing is not an option - we need to abolish to the filibuster and reform and expand the Court. We have to pass The Judiciary Act to restore the U.S. Supreme Court back to reflecting our nation’s principles and core beliefs.”
The bill's author, Senator Markey says “Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree." He continued, “of all the damage Donald Trump did to our democracy, this stands as one of his greatest travesties. Senate Republicans have politicized the Supreme Court, undermined its legitimacy, and threatened the rights of millions of Americans, especially people of color, women, and our immigrant communities. The Judiciary Act will restore the Court’s balance and public standing and begin to repair the damage done to our judiciary, and we should abolish the filibuster to ensure we can pass it. I am thrilled to have Senator Smith’s partnership and support on this critical legislation.”
Senator Smith adds the number of justices who sit on the Supreme Court has changed several times. You can read the full text of The Judiciary Act, as it's called, by following this link.