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FTC Statement on VP Biden's Proposed SCOTUS Reform Commission

Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth released this statement following news that Joe Biden is considering creating a bipartisan commission on Supreme Court reform should he win the presidency:

“It’s heartening to see Vice President Biden come around to the view held by most Americans regardless of party: the Supreme Court is too powerful and too political, and we need to do something about it.

“With justices serving twice as long on average as they did a few generations ago, and with nearly every major case being decided by the slimmest of margins, it’s in the country’s long-term interest to build a court that’s less reliant on the health of octogenarians and more capable of compromise.

“Federal commissions are famous for being places where good ideas go to die, but given how many Supreme Court reform ideas are floating around these days – from term limits to a balanced bench to changes in jurisdiction – there’s little downside to taking a step back and studying them under a strict deadline.

“No matter who wins the presidency next month, I’m pleased that the conversation on court reform is moving enduringly from the op-ed pages and the halls of academia to the larger public sphere.”

Latest Fix the Court poll (June 2019) on America’s views on SCOTUS politicization: Q6.

Text of Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act (first-ever SCOTUS term limits statute, introduced last month as H.R. 8424): LINK.

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