Congressional Democrats Continue Pushing for Supreme Court Term Limits

Congressional Democrats Continue Pushing for Supreme Court Term Limits

Did someone say term limits?

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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December 5, 2022

California Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D)  is once again calling for term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices less than a month after Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“We need term limits for Supreme Court justices. No justice should serve more than 18 years — which means the time for many of the current justices would already be up,” stated Rep. Khanna.

Rep. Khanna’s direct call to action is against conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, who first sat on the bench in 1991.

Khanna’s SCOTUS term limit idea was first introduced back in 2020 when he introduced his “Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act of 2020.”

The bill, which was co-sponsored by House Progressive “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, Florida Rep. Darren Soto, and seven other Democratic legislators, would require the President of the United States to appoint a Justice to the SCOTUS every two years.

“If the appointment of a Justice would result in more than nine Justices on the Court, then the longest serving Justice, excluding Justices appointed before the enactment of the bill, is deemed retired from regular service and designated as a Senior Justice. Further, any Justice who has served a total of 18 years is deemed retired from regular service and may continue to serve as a Senior Justice. Senior Justices may continue to perform judicial duties assigned to them by the Chief Justice. However, a Justice who retires from regular service due to a disability may not serve as a Senior Justice,” states Khanna’s measure.

In total, (10) Democratic lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors of Khanna’s Supreme Court term limits bill.

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Of those cosponsors, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have been in the House of Representatives for 24 years and 26 years, respectively.

In other words, both Reps. Lee and Blumenauer have held elected office longer than any other Supreme Court justice outside of Justice Thomas.

Did someone say term limits?

In July 2022, Khanna signed on to cosponsor Rep. Hank Johnson’s Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act.

The TERM Act is the latest version of Khanna’s original SCOTUS term limit measure of 2020 and was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cory Booker, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

While Democrats are serious about trying to control the Supreme Court and have advocated for the aforementioned term limits and “court-packing,” Republicans find attempts by lawmakers to change the complexion of the court “comical.”

Congressman-elect Cory Mills, who recently won the open seat Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) left when she decided to retire from the House of Representatives, all but call congressional Democrats hypocrites for not taking issue with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's 27 years of service on the Supreme Court.

“It’s comical that ANY member of the House or Senate try to talk about SCOTUS term limits when it’s the House that’s the problem. It’s also interesting Dems have no issue with these items when to their favor, and idolized RBG with her 27yrs on SCOTUS,” stated Mills.

Unless House Democrats take up SCOTUS term limits bill for a vote by the end of the year, the measure is dead. Republicans will take control of the lower chamber on January 3, 2023 and will not even think of considering it.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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