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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with other GOP senators, has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if it were to pass, would prevent court packing on the Supreme Court.
The amendment proposal states simply, “the Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices.”
That amendment is known as the “Keep Nine” amendment, according to a text of the proposal shared on the Cruz Senate website.
The legislative proposals pushed by Cruz are supported by GOP Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, and Martha McSally of Arizona.
“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 in a statement on his website.
“We must take action before Election Day to safeguard the Supreme Court and the constitutional liberties that hang in the balance,” the senator added. “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.”
The other GOP senators in support of the proposals all agreed that an amendment is needed to keep the Supreme Court at nine justices.
The media briefing added, “Before President Trump had even nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Democrats had already pledged their opposition to her confirmation.”
Harris and Biden have both notably refused to answer court-packing questions multiple times each in recent weeks.
The proposals shared by Cruz and fellow members of the GOP caucus face significant challenges.
A constitutional amendment must be passed with a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate and would need to be ratified by the legislatures in 38 of the 50 states in order to be ratified within seven years.
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