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Dems 2020 warm to the expansion of the Supreme Court

© Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP The GOP has confirmed two relatively young Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and stocked the lower benches with judges who could serve for decades.

After seeing Mitch McConnell transform the judiciary over the past four years, liberals are demanding a bold response. And the Democrats are listening.

The surprising opening of White House candidates along with other prominent Senate Democrats to make radical changes, from adding seats to the supreme court to imposing term limits on judges and more, occurs when the party is eager to eliminate the growing advantage of the Republican Party in the courts

“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” said Harris (D-Calif.). “We have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.”

Democrats say that after Republicans blocked Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and other lower court judges during President Barack Obama's last term just to quickly fill those vacancies, the party needs an equally damaging response.

Gillibrand said in an interview that she believes Judge Neil Gorsuch has essentially an illegal seat after Garland was even refused a hearing on the committee. The New York Democrat added that the Senate should act quickly to impose strict rules of ethics in the Supreme Court.

"It's not just about expansion, it's about not politicizing the Supreme Court," said Warren (D-Massachusetts), who cited bringing the appeals judges in Supreme Court cases as an option.

“It’s a conversation that’s worth having,” she added.

CTM News | 18th March 2019

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