Asked About Court Packing, Biden Says He Will Convene Commission To Study Reforms



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Biden has mostly declined to address questions about adding seats to the high court, but during a town hall on ABC last week, he said he’s «not a fan,» but his final position would depend on how the Barrett confirmation hearings played out in the Senate. He also promised voters would know where he stood on the question before Election Day.

Some Democrats have promoted court packing to restore balance to the court, which if Barrett wins confirmation would become a 6-3 conservative majority. Democrats remain enraged about Senate Republicans’ successful efforts to block President Obama’s nominee to the court in 2016, Merrick Garland, and now confirm another justice possibly the week before a presidential election.

«The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want,» Biden told CBS. «Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.»

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