Democrats plan to unveil bill to expand Supreme Court

A quartet of Democratic lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation on Thursday to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices.
1:12 | 04/15/21

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Now to the battle over the supreme court. Democrats in the house and senate are set to introduce a bill today that would expand the number of seats on the high court adding four more justices and Rachel Scott has more for us. Good morning, Rachel. Reporter: Robin, good morning. This legislation would expand the number of justices from 9 to 13. Progressive Democrats say this is absolutely necessary to restore the balance of the supreme court. Republicans though already firing back calling this an overreach and this is a battle that has intensiied over the last several months. Democrats were frustrated when Republicans refused to consider president Obama's pick for the bench during the 2016 election year then to only confirm conservative justice Amy coney Barrett to the bench cementing the court's conservative major for decades to come. The reality, this legislation faces a massive uphill battle in congress and Democrats do not have the votes to get this passed and it's unclear this morning if the white house is even on board with this legislation. They are declining to comment but in the past, president Joe Biden said he's not a fan of so-called packing the court, instead created a commission to should DI the structure of the supreme court, robin. As you said uphill battle. Okay, thank you. Michael.

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