WH: Biden Will Await Commission Report Despite Dem SCOTUS Bill

By Melanie Arter | April 15, 2021 | 8:02pm EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Judicial Branch of government. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Judicial Branch of government. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said it will wait to see the findings of the commission on the Supreme Court despite a bill that was introduced Thursday by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that seeks to expand the court.

When asked whether President Joe Biden supports the Judiciary Act of 2021 that expands the number of justices on the high court from nine to 13, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said:


Just last week, the president signed an executive order creating the bipartisan commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, a bipartisan group of over 30 constitutional experts who are examining a range of questions about proposed potential reforms to the Supreme Court, and one of the issues they’ll look at is of course the size of the court, but they’ll also look at the court’s role in the constitutional system, the length of service, the turnover of justices, and they’re going to come back to the president with a report on what their discussions are and what their findings are, so he’s going to wait for that to play out and wait to read that report.

“This isn’t just coming from some obscure member of Congress. This is coming from the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. So is the president, is the White House frustrated that Chairman Nadler didn’t wait for this report from the commission?” Fox News White House Correspondent Kristin Fisher asked.

“No, the president believes that it’s important to take a look at a range of points of view, whether they’re progressive or conservative, different sets of legal opinions, and he looks forward to assessing that himself, and I expect he will not have more to convey about any recommendations or views he’ll have until he reads that report but he certainly understands that members of Congress and they’re going to propose legislation. He may or may not support it,” Psaki said.

"I just want to be clear. The president does or does not think that this bill is premature?" Fisher asked.

"He believes that members of Congress have the right to put forward legislation on issues they support. His view is that he wants to hear from this commission that has a range of viewpoints," Psaki said,

"Senator Ed Markey, he just said this: We must expand the Supreme Court, and we must abolish the filibuster to do it. Is the president comfortable with a Democratic senator explicitly linking those two ideas from the steps of the Supreme Court?" Fisher asked.

"The president believes in freedom of speech and that members can come forward and share their points of views on a range of issues, including the future of the courts. He has his own view, and he looks forward to seeing the recommendations that comes out of this court commission," Psaki said.

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