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Schumer Pressured by 25 Legislators to Pack Supreme Court

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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaking at a press conference with Senate Judiciary Democrats against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 October 2020 09:12 AM

More than two dozen lawmakers in New York — 24 legislators and one member of Congress — along with New York City's comptroller asked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to pack the Supreme Court with more justices to offset what they called a "right-wing supermajority."

The Press-Republican reported that the list of officials, which includes Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., would like to see Schumer pursue an expansion of the court if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidency and Democrats seize control of the Senate.

"Hundreds of federal judges — including a majority on the Supreme Court — have now been appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote," the letter reads.

"The result has been catastrophic. A right-wing supermajority now sits on the Supreme Court. The federal judiciary is teeming with hundreds of conservative fanatics appointed by Donald Trump. They are poised to destroy what little remains of abortion access, labor rights, civil rights protections, and social insurance."

Three justices have been added to the court since Trump took office, the most recent being Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats cried foul over Barrett's nomination in an election year, but the Republican-led Senate confirmed her to the court and she was sworn in Tuesday.

In the aforementioned letter, the New York lawmakers, along with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, said there is nothing in the Constitution that mandates a nine-member Supreme Court.

"The number of justices on the Supreme Court is not constitutionally mandated. The court's structure is the prerogative of the legislature, which is unambiguously empowered to determine its size," they wrote.

"It has changed multiple times throughout the court's history, from as few as five justices and as many as 10, and a future Democratic government must exercise its legitimate constitutional powers to expand it again. In doing so, it must be guided not by illusory notions of norms or uncritical fealty to process and precedent. It must be guided by a commitment to guaranteeing the human dignity to which every person in this country is entitled. The number of justices added must reflect this commitment."

They added, "We call on Senator Schumer to immediately, publicly support the expansion of the Supreme Court, to commit to bringing such legislation to a vote should Democrats recapture the majority, and to whip support for such legislation within his caucus."

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