A pair of House Democrats are proposing a bill to put term limits on Supreme Court justices to “rebalance” the court and “stop extreme partisanship” after the Biden administration suffered back-to-back losses in the last week of the mandate
Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Don Beyer, D-Va. On Monday, he reintroduced the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act after the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision struck down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.
The majority ruled that the plan, which would have written off more than $400 billion in outstanding loan debt, was not authorized by federal law.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to block student debt relief will put many hard-working Americans at risk of default and spell disaster for our economy.” Khanna said in a statement.
“Our founding fathers intended lifetime appointments to ensure impartiality. Today’s decision shows how partisan and out of step the American public has become. I am proud to reintroduce the Term Limits Act and regular Supreme Court appointments to implement term limits to rebalance the Court and stop extreme partisanship.”
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Lawmakers noted that since 1980, the cost of college has tripled while federal aid and wages have not kept up. Student loan borrowers today collectively owe more than $1.6 billion, while most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, they noted.
“For many Americans, the Supreme Court is a distant, secretive, unelected body that can make drastic changes in their lives without accountability.” Beyer said. “Recent partisan Supreme Court decisions that gutted historic protections for reproductive rights, voting rights and more have undermined public confidence in the Court, even as inappropriate financial relationships between justices and conservative donors raised new questions about its integrity.”
Notably, the majority of the Court also ruled in favor of the Biden administration’s arguments in a case dealing with the authority of state courts in elections.
Khanna praised that ruling in a tweet that said, “SCOTUS upheld free and fair elections in Moore v. Harper, preventing state legislatures from restricting it.”
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Beyer also praised the ruling in a tweet, calling it a “victory for democracy.”
“This is great news,” he said.
President Biden warned last week that progressive efforts to expand the size of the Supreme Court it would “politicize perhaps forever in a way that is not healthy”.
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Biden was asked during an interview on MSNBC if he was concerned that “without judicial reform, this conservative majority is too young and too conservative, that they could do too much harm?”
“Well, I think they can do too much harm, but I think if we start the process of trying to expand the court, we’re going to politicize it maybe forever in a way that’s not healthy, that can’t be done back,” replied the president