Conservative members of the congressional group responsible for administering justice have formally denounced the Democratic Party’s hostility towards filling a judicial vacancy.
House Judiciary Committee Republicans have introduced a resolution against Democrats because the latter threaten to “pack the court,” if President Donald Trump replaces the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the upcoming election.
“The House of Representatives condemns and opposes any attempt to increase the number of justices of the Supreme Court of the United States or otherwise ‘pack the court,'” the proposed legislation said. “Any attempt to increase the number of justices of the Supreme Court of the United States or ‘pack the court’ would undermine our democratic institutions and destroy the credibility of our nation’s highest court.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hopes submitting the resolution to Congress on Sept. 22 will also help prevent the Democratic Party from limiting the number of Supreme Court justices to nine.
“Previous attempts to increase the number of justices to the Supreme Court of the United States have been rejected and widely condemned by individuals of both political parties,” he told Fox News’s “Evening Edit.”
He recalled Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt’s failed attempt to introduce the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill back in 1937. The legislation would have increased the number of Supreme Court justices by six to make a total of 15 but the effort proved futile.
“It was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court [and, if] anything would make the court look partisan, it would be that,” Jordan said. “The Senate is going to move forward with that nomination just like the Constitution says.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) supported the resolution and called Democratic Party efforts to repeat history as a clear example of limiting diversity in the legal system.
“Let us talk about diversity, how about diversity in the court?” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “How about different judicial philosophies? Well, you do not want that do you? I would suggest that you do not want that and so that becomes a problem.”
Biggs recalled the previous Barack Obama administration had no qualms with appointing replacements to the Supreme Court, and there was surprisingly little objection from Democrats back then.
“When someone says in any case that the conservatives are trying to capture the court by advertising, lobbying, and supporting nominees by this president where were you four years ago, six years ago when the same thing was going on [with] the liberal judicial activists being nominated by President Obama?” he said. “How about getting jurists that follow the Constitution instead of actively trying to legislate from the bench, who are trying to create law not interpret law, not apply the law as was the case before them?”
House Judiciary Committee Republicans recently caught Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) admitting in 2016 there is no legal basis for stopping a judicial appointment, even if it is an election year.
“Senator Schumer said it himself there is no reason the Senate cannot fill the seat in an election year,” the committee said on Facebook. “[He said:] ‘Senators have done their job 17 times we have confirmed SCOTUS nominees in an election year. There is no reason they cannot do it again.'”