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White House ‘draft material’ on U.S. Supreme Court reforms due later Thursday By Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters] – A commission set up by President Joe Biden in order to examine potential U.S. Supreme Court reforms such as increasing the number of justices and imposing term limits, is scheduled to make preliminary public material available on Thursday.

According to the White House’s description of this information, it is “draft preliminary material for discussion” and has not been edited. It is anticipated that the material will be made available on the White House website at 5:05 p.m. ET (2100 GMT).

In April, Biden signed an executive act creating the 36-member bipartisan committee. Its first meeting was held the month after. It is currently examining the question of whether to expand beyond the 9 current justices, or create a term fixed for justices in place of lifetime appointments.

After Donald Trump, Biden’s Republican predecessor in office, made three appointments to the Supreme Court during his four-year tenure.

Trump was able in 2017 to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama. This was because Senator Republicans had in 2016 stopped Obama from naming Merrick Garland, his current attorney general.

According to opinion polls, Americans are less confident in their court and experts believe that its legitimacy may be at risk. Many Democrats and independents are alarmed that the Supreme Court will be considering important cases during this term.

Republicans opposed expanding the justices’ number, which they refer to as “court packing.” Democrats say that the court’s current composition doesn’t reflect the will and aspirations of Americans.

Court expansion wasn’t seriously considered until 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt (Democratic President) pursued it after an infringing conservative court stopped his plans to rescue America from the Great Depression.

Biden proposed the formation of the commission in his presidential campaign. He said that he needed “recommendations on how to reform [the court system] because it is getting outof whack — the way it’s being treated – but it’s about more than court-packing.” Biden made the suggestion at the time that Senate Republicans were trying to confirm Amy Coney Barrett (Trump’s third appointee) in the lead-up to the election.

An April group of Democratic liberal lawmakers proposed four more Supreme Court justices to help end the conservative majority. The plan was rejected by the White House and the top Democrats.

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