Sasse calls for constitutional limit to nine Supreme Court justices | Federal government

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Senator Ben Sasse joined a number of fellow Republicans on Wednesday in calling for support for a constitutional amendment to limit the size of the United States Supreme Court to the current number of nine justices.

Sasse argued that the Democrats’ potential efforts to increase the size of the tribunal would be accompanied by action to abolish the Senate filibuster rule and essentially end in “the suicide bombing of two branches of government.”

“At a time when public confidence is declining, the conversation now in Democratic activist circles is about the destruction of two of the three branches” of government, Sasse said.

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“A simple majority body which oscillates the 51-49, 49-51 every 24 months could try to remake American life more and more”, he declared, and that would be “the opposite of the vision of the founders of what the Senate was for “as a deliberative legislative body.

Sasse was joined at the press conference by Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina .

The proposal to lock in the number of judges at nine was introduced in 2019, but has become more urgent now that Democrats are considering whether to propose a widening of the court in reaction to Republican actions to fill the last two vacancies. to the Supreme Court.

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