Sen. Romney and others introduce amendment to keep SCOTUS at nine justices

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was joined by 11 other senators Monday in introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to nine justices. Utah Senator Mitt Romney was among the sponsors.

Senator Rubio issued the following statement at the release:

The Democrats’ court packing proposal represents the latest shortsighted effort to undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy. America’s institutions are far from perfect. But over the past two centuries, they have provided a framework for our nation to become the most dynamic, most vibrant, and most exceptional nation in all of human history. To prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court, I am introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats at nine. Our institutions matter. Our Constitution matters. And we should fight to protect them.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida

Senator Romney issued the following statement about the proposed amendment:

Society is only as strong as its institutions, and we should resist any effort to treat the Supreme Court like one of the elected branches. Recent court-packing proposals are transparent attempts to rig the Court based on political preferences. This constitutional amendment would ensure the integrity and independence of the Supreme Court for generations to come.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah

Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Todd Young (R-IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined Rubio in introducing the constitutional amendment. U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The Supreme Court has had nine seats since 1869.

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