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Rubio introduces constitutional amendment limiting Supreme Court to 9 justices

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a constitutional amendment that would put the brakes on the Democratic Party dream of packing the Supreme Court by limiting the number of justices on the high court at nine.

“The Democrats’ court packing proposal represents the latest shortsighted effort to undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy,” Rubio said in a statement, according to The Daily Caller.

“America’s institutions are far from perfect. But over the past two centuries, they have provided a framework for our nation to become the most dynamic, most vibrant, and most exceptional nation in all of human history,” Rubio continued. “To prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court, I am introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats at nine. Our institutions matter. Our Constitution matters. And we should fight to protect them.”

Rubio is at his best when defending the greatness of America and its institutions.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder broached the idea of expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court earlier this month during an appearance before the Yale Law National Security Group.

The man tasked with covering former President Barack Obama’s backside from 2009 to 2015 said the next Democratic president should “seriously” look at adding seats to the United States Supreme Court if his party has a majority in the Senate.

This being the response from sore loser Democrats to President Trump potentially altering the balance of the Supreme Court for decades with his two appointments to the court.

Holder spoke of adding two more seats, which would offset those choices.

One thing is certain, the president is not on board with expanding the high court.

“I wouldn’t entertain that,” Trump told reporters last week. “The only reason they are doing that, they want to catch up. So if they can’t catch up through the ballot box winning an election, they want to try a different way. No interest in it whatsoever.”

The president expressed confidence in his chances in 2020 when he added, “It won’t happen, I guarantee you, for six years.”

There’s an awfully high bar for Rubio’s amendment, starting with two-thirds of both houses of Congress voting for it. If that occurred, the amendment would then be sent to the states for ratification — three-fourths of the states, 38 states, are required to support it.

A dozen Republican senators signed onto Rubio’s efforts, according to the Daily Caller.

They include: Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Mike Lee of Utah, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsvania, Steve Daines of Montana, and Todd Young of Indiana.

Tom Tillison

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