The Justices Should Have to Testify before Congress on their Annual Budget

Justice Stephen Breyer has often lamented: “If we have one problem in this country that affects me and many [others] in public life, it’s to get [young people] to understand how their government works.”

So true. With the Supreme Court shunning broadcast access to their proceedings, the one time each year the public gets to watch the justices live on TV is their annual budget hearing before Congress. But that meeting took place behind closed doors in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Public hearings concerning the basic functioning of the court – like how it obtains and spends nearly $100 million of our tax dollars – would seem to fall into the category of “understanding how their government works.”

Please add your name to tell Congress they should make the justices to testify in person each year, starting this year.