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Chairman Graham on Court Packing: "We're Sticking with Nine"

Press Release

Date: Oct. 21, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Judicial Branch

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) joined a press conference to discuss the Democrats' plan for court packing.

Ø GRAHAM: "I can't think of a more destabilizing event for America than changing the number of [justices] on the Supreme Court every election cycle because it becomes a winner take all for the Court." https://youtu.be/MELWwCHme9M?t=4

Ø GRAHAM: "I just want to urge all of my colleagues to support Senator Rubio's efforts to solidify that we're sticking with nine. Nine has served us well." https://youtu.be/MELWwCHme9M?t=37

Ø GRAHAM: "The traditional debate has been who fills vacancies: liberal or conservative. It's never been about how many will you have. And you'll eventually destroy the judiciary as we know it." https://youtu.be/MELWwCHme9M?t=18

Ø GRAHAM: "So, a word of warning here. If you think [Democrats] are kidding [about packing the Court], you're making a mistake. I'd hate to be the Senator that said no I don't want to pack the Court, on the Democratic side. Because if you think it was bad for Senator Feinstein -- your world would come to an end politically." https://youtu.be/MELWwCHme9M?t=121

Ø GRAHAM: "We need to get the fever to break. The best way for the fever to break is for the country to make the decision to put in the Constitution: Nine is the right number." https://youtu.be/MELWwCHme9M?t=140