October 4, 2022
Biden commission releases research on possible Supreme Court expansion
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s commission on the Supreme Court on Thursday released its initial findings based on months of public hearings and research, laying out arguments related to expanding the size of the court and other issues.The documents laid out various arguments around reforming the Supreme Court but made no recommendations. The commission will…

WASHINGTON — The initial findings of President Joe Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court released their initial findings on Thursday. These initial findings are based on months-long public hearings and extensive research. They present arguments for expanding the court’s size.

The documents presented a variety of arguments for reforming the Supreme Court, but did not make any recommendations. Friday’s meeting will see the commission discuss its findings and work on a draft report. This will be discussed at another meeting. This group will present a final report to Biden before mid-November.

The group stated that they had reached a split on the issue of increasing the number Supreme Court justices. This has been a politically charged issue for both Democrats and Republicans. The commission outlined a range of factors that should be considered. These included how it would affect the judicial system, how it would impact independence, and what it would do for other countries who could use it as a justification to alter their judicial systems.

” We conclude that Congress has broad powers to structure the Supreme Court, expanding or contracting the number of Justices. “The prudential question is more complex, and the Commissioners are divided as to whether Court expansion would prove wise,” the materials stated.

The group stated that court expansion could “undermine” the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and its role within the Constitution system. There are also significant reasons to doubt that expanding would be in the best interests of democratic values. The group also discussed various ways to increase the court’s size, including gradually increasing it over time and not doing it all at once. They also addressed other ideas such as term limits and justices who are associated with political parties.

Biden created the commission in April to study the number of justices on the Supreme Court along with other ways to reform the court system. The commission was first suggested by Biden in his presidential campaign. It was created to study the number of justices on the Supreme Court and other reforms.

“It is not about court packing. In a CBS interview, Biden stated that there are many other issues that constitutional scholars have discussed and that she would be interested in hearing the recommendations of that commission. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, stated that the White House had not received the draft materials for editing or feedback.

“The purpose of the commission is to analyze the main arguments in the current public debate against and for Supreme Court reform. It also evaluates the legality and merits of specific reform proposals,” the White House stated in April.

The panel considered topics including the court’s role in the constitutional system, the length of service and turnover of justices, the membership and size of the court and case selection, rules and practices.

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Shannon Pettypiece is the senior White House reporter for NBCNews.com.

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