Democrats are not wasting any time introducing a bill to give the Supreme Court term limits. The Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization Act, would give the American president the ability to nominate one Supreme Court justice every two years. That would be in his or her first and third years after an election.
Congress felt it had to act, because the sitting court overturned Roe v. Wade, which was established law for 50 years. This even though every one of the six conservatives lied during their nomination hearings. Each said they would honor stare decisis, which means in essence that they would leave existing laws alone.
The justice term limit legislation would move those justices to senior status based upon the longest length of service on the Court. It would mean that no justice could serve longer than 18 years, Law 360 Pulse wrote. This works, because this Supreme Court was hijacked by the Republican leadership, which allowed Donald Trump to pile on three ultra-conservative justices and President Barack Obama to lose a choice.
Democrats across the country were furious that the state would now be able to control women’s bodies. They have forced their representatives into action, to pass two pieces of legislation that would provide access to safe abortions. PBS delves into the risks of banned abortion.
Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, criminal defense attorney, and legal analyst. Jonathan Turley said:
‘It is no accident the first to go would be Clarence Thomas.’
Thomas’ wife Ginni was allegedly involved in the attempted coup on January 6 and could receive a subpoena at any time from the House January 6 Select Committee.
The Democrats argued:
‘[This Act would] restore legitimacy and independence to the nation’s highest court.’
The law would have to be confirmed in the Senate, but if it passes, the justices would simply retire. The existing slate of justices would move to senior status “as justices are confirmed.”
Senior status would allow the justice to hold office with “official duties and pay.” But any time the number of them drops under nine due to disability, disqualification, or vacancy:
‘[T]he justice who most recently attained senior status would serve as the ninth associate justice.’
Johnson released a statement that claimed that this ultra-conservative bench has “increasingly facing a legitimacy crisis” including those appointed by Presidents George Bush and Donald Trump. He said that they were “out of touch:”
‘Five of the six conservative justices on the bench were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, and they are now racing to impose their out-of-touch agenda on the American people, who do not want it.’
“Term limits are a necessary step toward restoring balance to this radical, unrestrained majority on the court.’
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Nadler argued:
‘[Term limits] are essential [with] all the harmful and out-of-touch rulings from the Supreme Court this last year. Otherwise, we will be left with backwards-looking majority for a generation or more.’
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is working in tandem with the House Democrats by introducing the same legislation in the Senate.
Now that abortion has been banned, the nation is faced with the 50 states’ different laws. None of these Supreme Court Justices nor state legislators is qualified to usurp patient-medical doctors’ decisions. The circumstances are just too varied.
Those who wrote, sponsored, and co-sponsored this legislation are:
A group of House Democrats also put forth a bill that would add four seats to the number of justices sitting on the bench, totaling 13 justices.
The highest court is currently involved in the EPA regulations, too according to The Atlantic Magazine and Justice Thomas’ written threat of abolishing contraception and gay marriage.
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