WASHINGTON, D.C. This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored a constitutional amendment (S.J.Res. 14), originally introduced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to nine justices.
Historically, since 1869, there have been nine Supreme Court Justices. The number of Supreme Court Justices is set by Congress not the Constitution. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently said he is open to the idea of packing the court, and some Senate Democrats are already calling for it.
“It is unfortunate that a constitutional amendment is needed to prevent Chuck Schumer from adding new Supreme Court justices who would act as legislators from the bench and turn the Court into a rubber-stamp for left-wing policies that erode the economic and religious freedoms of North Carolinians," said Senator Tillis. “That is why I co-sponsored this constitutional amendment, and I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same to protect the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and ensure justices base their rulings on the Constitution and not politics.”