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Loeffler, Cruz, Colleagues Introduce Proposals to Stop Democrats From Packing the Supreme Court

Press Release

With Democrats planning to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judicial activists if they win the election, U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) today joined U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R- Miss.) in introducing two proposals to maintain the number of justices on the bench, preserve the integrity and independence of the Supreme Court and protect Americans' constitutional liberties.

The first proposal would prevent the expansion or contraction of the nine-member Supreme Court by Constitutional amendment, also known as the "Keep Nine" amendment. The second proposal would stop Democrats from unilaterally passing any court-packing legislation in the United States Senate.

"The shameful attacks on Judge Barrett are especially hypocritical given the Left's calls to pack the Supreme Court and end the filibuster in a desperate attempt to impose their radical agenda on the American people," Loeffler said. "These proposals will prevent Democrats from fundamentally altering the Court and adding new seats only to fill them with activist judges who will legislate from the bench and threaten the right to life, the Second Amendment and all the individual liberties that we as Americans hold dear. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in preventing attempts to undermine the integrity of our democracy and Americans' freedoms."

"Make no mistake, if Democrats win the election, they will end the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, expanding the number of justices to advance their radical political agenda, entrenching their power for generations and destroying the foundations of our democratic system," Cruz said. "We must take action before election day to safeguard the Supreme Court and the constitutional liberties that hang in the balance. That's why I'm proud to introduce these two commonsense proposals, which will prevent either party from adding or contracting the number of justices on the bench for political advantage."

"For the last few years, Democrats have made no secret of their desire to see a radical, socialist agenda imposed on the American people," Tillis said. "Unable to implement their job-killing plans through the Democratic process, they've decided they'll simply impose it on the American people through the Supreme Court. Chuck Schumer and his allies are now saying they'll pack the Supreme Court if Senate Republicans fulfill their constitutional duty to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Their proposals are dangerous and would give them free reign to appoint radical judges who would legislate from the bench, threatening the religious liberty and Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians. We have had nine judges on the Supreme Court since 1869, and efforts to change that is not supported by the majority of the American people. I am proud to co-introduce these proposals to stop Chuck Schumer's radical liberal agenda and maintain the integrity of the Supreme Court."

"Threats by Democrats to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court and add liberal activist judges is disturbing and dangerous," McSally said. "On top of that, some Democrats reluctance to even answer whether they would pack the Court proves a far more frightening reality. The left will first deceive the American people and then use any tool at their disposal to gain power and force their radical agenda on them. Our bills are critical to thwarting any efforts to fundamentally transform the Supreme Court, keeping the number of Justices at nine as it has been for over 150 years."