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Cruz tries to thwart Democrats from packing court

Bronson Stocking writes at TownHall.com about Sen. Ted Cruz’s plans for protecting the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats are no longer hiding their disdain for the high court. Democrats openly admit to hostile court-packing plans. …

… Most concerning, President Biden has created a commission to study possible reforms to the federal judiciary because, as Biden puts it, the court system is “getting out of whack.”

But Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t waiting for Democrats to strike. The Texas senator has introduced two proposals aimed at keeping the number of Supreme Court justices fixed at nine, the number it has been for more than 150 years.

Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment, the “Keep Nine” amendment, that would prevent Democrats from stuffing the court full of liberal activists. The amendment has more than a dozen cosponsors, including Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Lee (R-UT).

The second proposal would prevent Senate Democrats from unilaterally passing court-packing legislation. That bill also has more than a dozen cosponsors, including Sens. John Boozman (R-AR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Barrasso (R-WY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Rick Scott (R-FL).

“For the sake of our liberties and the future of our country, we must preserve the independence of our judiciary,” said Sen. Cruz in a statement. “As my Democrat colleagues brazenly discuss expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, this legislation and constitutional amendment ensures we prevent either party from wielding the Supreme Court as a political tool for their own advantage. I urge my colleagues to defend the fundamental liberties of their constituents—their religious liberty, freedom of speech, and Second Amendment rights—and swiftly take up and pass these proposals to prevent Court packing.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...