Democrats Shut Down by Ted Cruz

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( – On Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a constitutional amendment that would block any future attempts to expand the Supreme Court bench. Some members of the Democratic party have been considering adding more justices to the bench in order to dilute the current conservative majority.

The idea of expanding the Supreme Court gained a lot of traction after former President Donald Trump managed to appoint three justices during his time in office. This resulted in a court that at the time held a 6-3 conservative majority. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last year, the calls for court expansion have also grown louder.

In his statement, Cruz noted that the Democrats think that expanding the Supreme Court is the answer so that they can have more control over it. He added though that the Supreme Court should be independent and “not inflated by every new administration.” The constitutional amendment that Cruz has proposed would cap the number of Supreme Court justices to nine.

However, while there are some Democrats who have supported the idea of the Supreme Court being expanded, President Biden, along with other members of the Democratic leadership, have not been in favor of a potential court expansion. In fact, last year, Biden explicitly spoke up against that possibility.

Other critics have proposed that instead of expanding the court they could look into the possibility of Justices serving limited terms. Currently, Justices are allowed to serve for life in the Supreme Court.

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