Biden doesn’t want to expand the Supreme Court

  • Democrats called on Biden to take action to ensure abortion remains accessible across the country.
  • A commission set up by Biden last year recommended term limits to reform the Supreme Court.
  • WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden disagreed with an expansion of the courts.

As calls for remedies to abortion access restrictions mount, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday that President Joe Biden “disagreed” with “the expansion of the Supreme Court.”

“I was asked that question yesterday and have been asked it before…about the enlargement of the Court. That’s something the President doesn’t agree with. It’s something he doesn’t want to do,” Jean-Pierre said during an Air Force One press conference.

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade — the landmark case guaranteeing a right to an abortion. Twenty-two states have made it illegal or inaccessible to have an abortion.

Democrats have previously urged Biden to approve legislation that would add more justices to the nine-member Supreme Court to balance the current conservative majority.

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged Biden and congressional Democrats Saturday to work on court reforms, including reducing judicial review and expanding the courts.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey also tweeted on Friday to support an expansion of the courts.

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tina Smith of Minnesota called on Biden to declare a public health emergency in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Saturday. The senators wrote that such a declaration would “protect access to abortion for all Americans and free up critical resources and powers that states and the federal government can use to meet increases in demand for reproductive health services.”

Biden assembled a commission to study options for Supreme Court reform in 2021. The commission, made up of legal scholars, recommended term limits for judges in a report released in December.

Jean-Pierre said the president would “continue to seek solutions” on abortion rights and to speak with legal scholars, but did not specify what action Biden would take.

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