Biden chastised for continued opposition to Supreme Court expansion

President Joe Biden was reprimanded on Saturday for doubling down on his opposition to expanding the US Supreme Court, even after his deeply unpopular right-wing majority spent the last week ending the constitutional right to healthcare. abortion, to weaken gun restrictions, to undermine the separation of church and state. , and the erosion of hard-won civil rights, with more attacks on equality and federal regulatory power expected.

“Any Democrat who doesn’t call for an expanded Supreme Court now supports ending abortion rights and the coming attacks on gay marriage, birth control, and every other right we have.”

“It’s something the president doesn’t agree with,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Told journalists when asked about the possibility of expanding the court. “It’s not something he wants to do.”

MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan called the president’s lack of urgency “ridiculous”, “maddening” and “inexplicable”.

“What is Biden ‘agreeing’ to do?” Hasan asked on social media. “What does the leader of this country want to do to stop the increasingly fascist assault on our democratic institutions and basic rights?”

Hasan and other outraged commenters responded to a viral tweet suggesting that Biden opposes not only court expansion but also filibuster reform.

Whereas ABC News confirmed that Biden does not support the expansion of the High Court, CNN journalist Mike Valerio deleted his tweet because, like journalist Judd Legum Explain, he misrepresented Jean-Pierre’s comments on the President’s position on the filibuster. Although Biden has generally defended the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for advancing most bills, he has called for voting exclusions. He may or may not do the same for reproductive freedom, but Jean-Pierre dodged the question.

“I don’t care what President Biden thinks about the filibuster,” said Representative Ted Lieu (D-California). “He’s no longer in Congress.”

“These are the real messages and facts,” Lieu continued. “If we elect two more Democratic U.S. senators and the Democrats hold the House, we can pass the bill that codifies Roe vs. Wade in the law.”

The House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act last year, but stalled in the Senate because right-wing Democratic senses Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) refused repeatedly to support the abolition or suspension of the filibuster. , thus giving the GOP minority veto power over most legislation.

While Lieu argued that the Senate Democratic Caucus only needed two more members to be able to repeal the filibuster and codify deerothers have argued that Biden and other party leaders must do much more, including expanding the Supreme Court, to prevent the Republican Party from continuing to impose a reactionary agenda opposed by the vast majority of Americans.

“Not every Democrat calls for expanding the Supreme Court,” said journalist Jordan Zakarian said Friday on social media, “is now in favor of ending the right to abortion and the coming attacks on gay marriage, contraception and all the other rights we have”.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), as well as Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are among lawmakers who have called for court expansion since deer was overthrown.

Last April, Biden appointed a 36-member bipartisan commission to study potential Supreme Court reforms, including adding more seats, establishing term limits and creating a code of ethics for judges. .

Although the panel found Despite “considerable” support for 18-year term limits for judges, proposals to increase the size of the court were met with “strong disagreement”.

“As we watch this majority of the court go crazy over their right-wing overlords,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) tweeted Saturday, “Do we regret that the innocuous and irresponsible commission of the Supreme Court has overlooked all the major issues: no transparency, no code of ethics, appointments in black money, secret gifts, hypocrisy, capture , corruption ?

“More and more people understand what I said is happening,” he said. addedpointing to the last reports by The lever. “The court has been captured by special interests using masses of black money.”

During a Sunday appearance on ABC“This week,” Warren told host Martha Raddatz that the High Court “burned through any legitimacy it might still have.”

“They just took the last piece and put a torch on it with the Roe vs. Wade opinion,” she said. “I think we need to rebuild trust in our court and that means we need more justices on the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Shortly after Biden created his Supreme Court commission, congressional Democrats — led by Reps. Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mondaire Jones (DN.Y.) in the House and Markey in the Senate – introduced legislation that would increase the number of High Court seats from nine to 13.

While its passage is unlikely to prevent the election of more progressive lawmakers in future terms, there is no shortage of ideas for immediate steps the Biden administration could take to protect abortion access.deer America.

In a letter Sent to the White House on Saturday, 33 Senate Democrats told Biden that “now is the time to act boldly to protect abortion rights.”

“You have the power to fight back and lead a national response to this devastating decision,” the letter states, “we therefore ask that you take all steps available to your administration, across all federal agencies, to assist women to access abortion and other health care, and to protect those who will face the hardest burdens from this devastating and extreme decision.”

Biden has instructed the Justice Department to ensure pregnant women can travel to states where abortion remains legal, and Attorney General Merrick Garland has sworn to crack down on states trying to ban federally-approved abortion pills.

But there is much more to do, say progressives. By Sunday, more than 14,200 people had signed Ocasio-Cortez’s contract petition urging Biden to open abortion clinics on federal lands, especially in states where access to care has already been eliminated or severely reduced.

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