(USA Features) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday while she’s open to the notion of expanding the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, she is not prepared to introduce legislation backed by some of her caucus.
When asked if she backed the bill, the California Democrat responded, plainly, “No. I have no plans to bring it to the floor.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and a few other House and Senate Democrats said earlier they planned to announce the legislation on the steps of the Supreme Court building. Democrats are seeking to add additional justices after former President Donald Trump managed to appoint three to the high court.
Pelosi said she would take her cue from President Joe Biden, who recently signed an executive order creating a commission to study court expansion.
“I support the president’s commission to study such a proposal,” Pelosi said, going on to note that that the House is currently preoccupied working on infrastructure and other major legislation.
“I don’t know that it is a good idea or a bad idea. I think it’s an idea that should be considered, and I think the president is taking the right approach, to have a commission study such a thing. It’s a big step,” she added.