When elected, presidential candidate Joe Biden is going to convene a bipartisan commission of scholars to study the issue of reform of the federal judicial system, and stressed that it will not only be about expanding the composition of the Supreme Court.
The former vice president spoke about his plans in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes program, which is due to air this weekend. Interview excerpts were released Thursday.
According to Biden, the commission will include constitutional experts from among Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives.
“I will ask them to submit recommendations on how to reform the judicial system within 180 days, because due to what is happening now it is junk. And this concerns not only the expansion of the composition of the court, ”added Biden.
Some on the left are proposing more Supreme Court justices if Biden wins, to restore the balance between liberals and conservatives that has been displaced by recent appointments.
The Republicans condemned this idea.
The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the president’s proposed nominee for Justice Amy Connie Barrett for life on the Supreme Court, paving the way for full Senate debate and voting.
If President Trump’s nominee is confirmed in office, the conservative majority in the Supreme Court will increase to 6 votes out of 9.