On Thursday, four Democratic lawmakers will stand on the steps of the Supreme Court to introduce legislation expanding the country’s highest court from nine to 13 justices.
The bill is being proposed by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), The Washington Post reports. The Constitution does not state how many judges should sit on the Supreme Court, and it could be expanded by an act of Congress. There have been nine justices since 1869; now, there are six nominated by a Republican president and three by Democrats.
Those in favor of expanding the Supreme Court say having more justices would help prevent major decisions coming down to one “swing” justice, while also serving as a stronger check to the presidency. Last week, President Biden signed an executive order creating an independent commission to examine the structure of the Supreme Court.