Oct 19 2020

Efforts include ‘Keep Nine’ constitutional amendment and legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judicial activists if they win the election, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced two proposals to maintain the number of justices on the bench, preserve the integrity and independence of the Supreme Court, and protect Americans’ constitutional liberties. 

The first proposal would prevent the expansion or contraction of the Supreme Court by constitutional amendment, also known as the “Keep Nine” amendment. The second proposal would stop Democrats from unilaterally passing any court-packing legislation in the United States Senate.

“For the last few years, Democrats have made no secret of their desire to see a radical, socialist agenda imposed on the American people. Unable to implement their job-killing plans through the democratic process, they’ve decided they’ll simply impose it on the American people through the Supreme Court. Chuck Schumer and his allies are now saying they’ll pack the Supreme Court if Senate Republicans fulfill their constitutional duty to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” said Senator Tillis. “Their proposals are dangerous and would give them free rein to appoint radical judges who would legislate from the bench, threatening the religious liberty and Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians. We have had nine judges on the Supreme Court since 1869, and efforts to change the Court are not supported by the majority of the American people. I am proud to co-introduce these proposals to stop Chuck Schumer’s radical liberal agenda and maintain the integrity of the Supreme Court.”

The text of the “Keep Nine” Constitutional Amendment can be read here. The full text of the legislative proposal can be read here.