Court-packing advocate rips Buttigieg's plan to expand Supreme Court
Court-packing advocate Kate Kendell said on Thursday that South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBudowsky: A Biden-Warren ticket in 2020? Warren campaign offering supporters chance to ‘grab a drink with Elizabeth’ Warren campaign offering supporters chance to ‘grab a drink with Elizabeth’ MORE’s proposal to overhaul the Supreme Court isn’t feasible because legislative action is necessary.
Buttigieg’s plan would add six justices, expanding the court from nine to 15. Under the system, Democrats and Republicans would each name five appointees to the court, and five apolitical justices would be chosen by the first 10 on the court.
“Buttigieg’s 5-5-5 plan — that would go to this very court,” Kendell, campaign manager of the left-leaning group Pack the Courts, told Hill.TV, referring to the high court. “And it would be struck down.”
Kendell added that the only way to expand the Supreme Court is through legislative action.
“The only way this is going to succeed is expanding the court, which can be done by a bill in Congress,” she said. “It’s not challengeable and then we could go about rebuilding the Democracy that we love.”
Hill.TV has reached out to Buttigieg for comment.
Even though a handful of Democratic candidates have called for Supreme Court reform, Buttigieg has been the most vocal about the issue, making it central to his campaign platform.
“The reform of not just expanding the number of members but doing it in a way where some of them are selected on a consensus, nonpartisan basis, it’s a very promising way to do it,” told NBC News last week in an interview detailing the plan.
The idea of adding justices to the high court has started to gain momentum over the past few years among progressive activists and liberal groups like Pack the Courts as a way of tempering the effects of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel OKs space military branch Harris calls Trump ‘a national security threat’ after he says he’d take information from foreign power Harris calls Trump ‘a national security threat’ after he says he’d take information from foreign power MORE’s two appointees, who have given conservatives on the court a 5-4 majority.
But not all progressives are on board with the idea.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser says brokered convention ‘definitely’ possible Top Sanders adviser says brokered convention ‘definitely’ possible First major ‘Medicare for All’ hearing sharpens attacks on both sides MORE (I-Vt.) reportedly said in April that adding additional seats to the Supreme Court is not the “ultimately solution” and he would instead consider other proposals such as term limits for justices.
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