(USA Features) A bipartisan majority of Americans favor a new constitutional amendment to keep the U.S. Supreme Court at nine justices as Democrats move to increase the court’s size.
“The most fascinating thing has been the initial bipartisan support that we’ve gotten to the idea of keeping nine justices,” Roman Buhler, executive director of Keep Nine, the effort behind the amendment, told the John Solomon Reports podcast Friday.
“Our organization actually is led by a Democrat, a former state attorney general of Virginia. And it was originally proposed by a group of 15 former state attorneys general, a majority of whom were Democrat,” he added.
“And the Keep Nine Amendment, which says in its entirety, ‘The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices,’ was first introduced in Congress by a Democrat,” Buhler continued.
“So this is a bipartisan movement. Polling shows we have overwhelming support from the public, 62% in favor, only 18% against. Of those who have an opinion, overwhelming majorities of both Republicans and Democrats favor this amendment.”
In the nation’s capital, however, the ‘court-packing’ issue is typically partisan, Buhler added.
“[I]n Washington, this has become a very partisan issue,” Buhler told Solomon. “Because, as we know, Pelosi and Schumer can’t wait to pack the court with their political cronies … and uphold the things they want to do.
“And so it appears now that they’ve told Democratic members of Congress, ‘You can say anything you want about court-packing, but don’t support a constitutional amendment to ban it,'” he added.
“On the other hand, on the Republican side, we now have two-thirds of the Republicans in the House of Representatives who support the Keep Nine Amendment. We have more than 40% of the Senate Republicans. … We’ve gotten now more than 165 members of Congress to support the Keep Nine Amendment without hiring a lobbyist,” he said.
The amendment was initially introduced in September by now-former Reps. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) and Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), Just the News reported.
Congress has the constitutional authority to change the number of justices on the nation’s highest court. Throughout the country’s history, the court has numbered as few as five and as many as 10, but it has been set at nine since 1869.