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CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS PLAN to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.

The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson, and first-term Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The number of justices on the court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as 10 seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight.


Laura Hollis: Democrats’ Quest for Complete Control

One of the most disconcerting things to observe in present-day politics is Democrats’ glee at the control they currently have over the branches of American government, and their giddy determination to use any means available by virtue of that control to obtain absolute power at both the federal and state levels.

President (King) Joe Biden is in the White House signing executive orders, proclamations, memoranda and notices at a breakneck pace (101 and counting), with the stated intention to sign more. Democrats control (by a narrow margin) the U.S. House of Representatives. They control the United States Senate with 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to break any tie.

At the federal level, the only things blocking Democrats’ absolute rule are Senate parliamentary procedures, the United States Supreme Court and the checks and balances in the Constitution.

Democrats are using their power to dismantle those bulwarks.

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough — a Democrat — just declared that the Senate could use the “budget reconciliation” process to pass the multitrillion-dollar legislation packages crafted by whoever is pulling Biden’s puppet strings. Now, instead of the usual requirement of 60 votes, Democrats can pull the “50 votes plus Kamala” trick, effectively excluding Senate Republicans from the legislative process.


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