Biden creating a commission to study expanding the Supreme Court

Biden said the commission with include Democrats and Republicans.

Updated: April 9, 2021 - 12:17pm

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President Biden on Friday commissioned a180-day study on reforming the Supreme Court, including adding seats and term limits.

The study fulfills a Biden campaign promise to establish such a commission to study such changes, according to The New York Times.

The formation of the committee comes amid calls within Biden's Democratic Party to add justices to the nine-member high court, in which conservatives have, and likely have for years to come, a 6-3 majority. 

Former President Trump during his presidency, which preceded Biden's, appoint three justices to the court – Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

"The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals," the White House said in a statement.

Biden create the commission via an executive order. He said the member will be a bipartisan group of experts on the court, legal scholars and former federal judges.

The commission co-chairpersons will be Bob Bauer, a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law and a former White House counsel and Yale Law School professor Cristina Rodriguez.

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