And now Democrats want to pack the courts! They want to start with lower courts first.
“Traditionally, we have increased the number in the lower and circuit courts, I have in the city of Buffalo a huge — they don’t have enough judges. There’s this long line before you can get to court because they don’t have enough. So we could expand those,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said during a recent interview on MSNBC.
Democrats want to expand the number of federal judges in lower courts in order to “deal with growing number of backlog of pending cases in many states.”
“Interestingly enough, I had a Republican senator who approached me about expanding the number of federal judges in his state so there seems to be some sentiment that there [are] backlogs in the dockets of federal judges,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin said.
While this move would require new legislation, Democrats would need some help from Republicans in Senate to push this through.
“My state’s a big, growing state, and we’ve got huge caseloads. … I’d be open to having a conversation about that,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is quoted saying by the Hill.
Schumer insisted during his interview with Rachel Maddow that having fifty one votes allows “us to put judges on the bench and report them out of committee. And there will be lots of vacancies that come up, And I think there are a lot of judges, Democratic appointees, who didn’t take senior status while Trump was president, who now will, and they stay on the bench, but then we get to fill those.”
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