Democrats introduce bill to impose term limits on Supreme Court justices

Bill sponsor Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson say measure "step toward restoring balance to this radical, unrestrained majority on the court"

Published: July 27, 2022 10:55am

Updated: July 27, 2022 12:02pm

House Democrats have introduced a bill that would limit Supreme Court justices from remaining on the bench for over 18 years.

The Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization Act, if passed, would authorize the president to nominate Supreme Court justices every two years

The lawmakers backing the bill argue such a change will "restore legitimacy and independence to the nation’s highest court."

An AP-NORC survey released earlier this week shows 67% of Americans would support term limits for justices.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, and was introduced Tuesday with the support of six other House Democrats.

Johnson made clear that the intent of the bill is to change the composition of the high court's 6-3 conservative majority.

"Five of the six conservative justices on the bench were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, and they are now racing to impose their out-of-touch agenda on the American people, who do not want it," Johnson said. "Term limits are a necessary step toward restoring balance to this radical, unrestrained majority on the court."

Congressional Democrat have also made attempts to expand court to more than nine justices to dilute its conservative majority. 

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