To the Editor:
Right now, the Supreme Court has a 6-3 partisan right-wing supermajority, thanks to a deliberate, decades-long takeover of the highest court in the land. We saw the culmination of this takeover in 2018 and 2020, when Trump and Mitch McConnell used a filibuster exception to install two extreme partisan justices. Now Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett have lifetime appointments to the court.
But it’s possible to undo this damage. The Judiciary Act would add four seats, restoring balance to the Supreme Court. It’s the solution we need to move away from partisan rulings that could gut gun safety laws, continue rolling back a pregnant person’s right to choose, and sabotage health care reform. And it’s been done before. In fact, Congress has changed the size of the Supreme Court seven times already in our nation’s history. It’s time to do it again.
I’m urging Congress to pass the Judiciary Act of 2021 to ensure we protect our fundamental rights and restore balance to our courts now.
Kathryn Paddock, Santa Monica