Biden commission’s draft materials on Supreme Court reform show split over adding justices

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  • A bipartisan White House commission agreed that Congress has the legal power to expand the Supreme Court, the group’s draft discussion materials said.
  • But the commission, created by President Joe Biden to study proposals for reform in the High Court, was divided on whether lawmakers should actually do so.
  • The draft emerged because the court, facing an all-time low approval rating, is set to give the term judgments in critical cases that center on politically polarizing issues, including abortion, guns and religion.

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A bipartisan White House commission agreed that Congress has the legal power to expand the Supreme Court – but the group was divided on whether lawmakers should actually do so.

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he is According to the draft “Discussion Materials” released on Thursday by the White House, which tasked 30-odd experts to consider an array of possible reforms to the nine-member high court.

The draft material surfaced as the court, Facing an all-time low approval rating, has set the term to adjudicate in important cases that center on politically polarizing issues, including abortion, guns and religion.

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A growing number of critics – particularly furious with the strategy used by Republicans to appoint the three most recent judges – have called for the size of the bench to be expanded. supporters include Former Presidential Candidate and Cabinet Member.

Some commissioners agree with the pro-expansion arguments, “at least in part,” the draft material said. But other commissioners concluded that adding seats “is likely to undermine, rather than enhance, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and its role in the constitutional system,” the commission wrote.

“There are significant reasons to doubt that the expansion will serve democratic values,” the commission said. “We also raise some tentative concerns about how the Supreme Court may expand in the wider domestic and international community.”

President Joe Biden created the commission via executive order in April, gathering a bipartisan panel of scholars, lawyers, advocates and former judges to examine arguments for and against high court reform.

The commission is ready to conduct a public meeting Friday, 10 a.m. ET.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.

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