Biden Would Name Panel to Study ‘Court Packing’ Issue

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would appoint a commission to study the U.S. court system and make recommendations for reform, CBS News reports. Biden was interviewed for the CBS “60 Minutes” program to be aired on Sunday. Biden has been under pressure to give his position on “court packing,” a controversial proposal that would add justices to the Supreme Court from its current nine. With the expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump will have added three judges for a 6-3 conservative majority.

Biden has avoided discussing the “packing” issue, but told CBS he would appoint a commission to study a range of reforms. “If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of — bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative. And I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack — the way in which it’s being handled and it’s not about court packing. There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make.” Biden added, “There’s a number of alternatives that are — go well beyond packing … The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”