March 25, 2019

Young Helps Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Keep SCOTUS at Nine Justices

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 10 other Senate colleagues to introduce a constitutional amendment (S.J.Res. 14) that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to nine justices. The Supreme Court has had nine seats since 1869.

“The Supreme Court is critical to our system of checks and balances, and proposals that call for expanding the Court to further partisan goals are antithetical to American values. Such efforts would irreparably harm our democracy and Americans’ faith in our institutions, and I support this effort to reaffirm our commitment to the norms that have served us well for the past 150 years,” said Senator Young.

“The Democrats’ court packing proposal represents the latest shortsighted effort to undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy. America’s institutions are far from perfect. But over the past two centuries, they have provided a framework for our nation to become the most dynamic, most vibrant, and most exceptional nation in all of human history,” Senator Rubio said. “To prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court, I am introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats at nine. Our institutions matter. Our Constitution matters. And we should fight to protect them.”

Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) also joined Young and Rubio in introducing the constitutional amendment. U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

Click here to view the constitutional amendment.