Democrats denounce Biden’s Supreme Court commission

A group of Democratic lawmakers screamed President BidenJoe Biden Idaho House of Representatives Passes Workers’ Compensation Bill Biden Submits 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Pledges to Delay Biden’s China and Spain Ambassador Candidates MOREthe Supreme Court Commission this week, saying the panel has failed to acknowledge what they claim is an illegitimate conservative takeover of the nation’s highest court.

The group, made up of three senators and a member of the House, wrote in a letter dated Tuesday that drafts of the materials released by the commission in September indicated that it is falling short in its analysis of the Supreme Court.

“As currently drafted, this report is a disappointment to anyone who would have expected a lucid effort to address the deep problems of the Supreme Court,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was shared with The Hill.

The letter was addressed by Sen. Sheldon whitehouseSheldon WhitehouseManchin prepares to make or break Biden’s climate promise Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland dies at 79 Framing our future beyond the climate crisis MORE (DR.I.) and signed by Sen. Mazie hironoMazie Keiko Hirono Medium-term pessimism grows for Democrats Sanders backs Kaiser Permanente workers ahead of Monday’s strike Democrats struggle to move forward after election setbacks MORE (D-Hawaii), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) And Rep. Hank johnsonHenry (Hank) C. Johnson Memo: Democrats Go to War for ‘Awakening’ Georgia’s Draft Congressional Lines Point to McBath, Underpin Bourdeaux Overnight Defense & National Security – Iron Dome Funding Authorizes Law Camera MORE, Jr. (D-Ga.).

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond when asked for comment on the letter.

The commission, which is scheduled to issue a final report next month, upset progressives in September when it released preliminary materials showing caution at the idea of ​​expanding the number of seats on the court, something some on the left have advocated for. lean the scale. far from the current conservative majority of 6-3.

However, the panel indicated that it would be worth exploring term limits for Supreme Court justices and recognized concerns that “the close identification of justices with the political party could undermine the perception of judicial independence, which is important for the acceptance and compliance of the decisions of the Court “.

Legislators’ letter this week did not offer an opinion on the court’s packaging proposals, but expressed disappointment that the commission in its draft discussion materials has failed to acknowledge the alleged damage to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and the rule of law caused by a court that they believe is promoting partisan interests.

“We offer a different proposition: that in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Court has been captured by the interests of partisan donors, it is wrong to perpetuate the fiction that it has not,” wrote the Democrats. “By basing his draft report primarily on the concern that the public should perceive For the Court to be legitimate and independent, the Commission does not consider the very real and much more dangerous possibility that it is not. “

“In the short time left to complete its vital work, the Commission must consider the prospect that the independence of the Court, not just the perception of it, has been compromised,” the letter adds.

The commission fee is programmed to hold a virtual meeting open on Friday.

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