Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley Calls on Democrats to Reject Court Packing

Sep 30, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Calls on Democrats to Reject Court Packing
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Last night, former Vice President Biden refused to rule out packing the court if the President and the Senate proceed to fulfilling their constitutional duties and filling the high court vacancy.
I understand there are differences of opinion on the direction of the court.
But threatening to expand the court and pack it with favorable justices because the other side won fair and square and simply followed the Constitution?
That is dangerous territory and would lead to an erosion in the public’s faith in the judiciary.
Where would such a path lead us?
Thirteen justices, then twenty-one justices – at what point does it stop?
I thought we’d settled this under FDR. 
It’s telling that Democrats aren’t even trying to justify their discussion of court packing by saying there is some practical reason why it’s needed.
In fact, the Supreme Court is hearing fewer cases than ever.
Any Democratic court packing plan would be nothing more than a naked power grab – an effort by Democrats to subvert the will of the people when they couldn’t get the results they wanted at the ballot box that would have let their party pick and confirm judges.
Let’s try to remain focused on the political independence of the judiciary and leave the politicking to this branch of government.