Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats

Source: The Hill | March 20, 2019 | Jordain Carney

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the Supreme Court to nine justices after some Democrats have floated expanding the number of seats on the high court.

“To prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court, I will introduce a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats at nine,” Rubio wrote in a Fox News op-ed published Wednesday.

“There is nothing magical about the number nine. It is not inherently right just because the number of seats on the Supreme Court remains unchanged since 1869. But there is something inherently good and important about preventing the further destabilization of essential institutions,” Rubio added.

The proposal comes as several Democratic White House contenders, including a handful that are Rubio’s Senate colleagues, have expressed an openness to expanding the Supreme Court or enacting other judicial reforms, including term limits.

Both Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have said expanding, or “packing,” the court should be an option on the table as part of a larger conversation among Democrats about the direction of the U.S. judicial system.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told “Pod Save America” that the idea was “interesting” and she would “need to think more about it.”

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