President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Friday that formed a commission that will study reforms to the Supreme Court, which could include packing the Court.
Biden promised to expand the size of the court during a 60 Minutes interview in October after former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
The commission, which will consist of 36 “bipartisan” members, will hold public meetings designed at evaluating court reforms. The panel will have 180 days to come up with a list of pros and cons regarding any proposed reforms.
The commission will not only explore packing the court, it will also look at changing the lifetime appointment of justice.
According to the order, the commission will research “the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”
Biden selected two individuals to lead the commission: New York University School of Law professor Bob Bauer, the former White House Counsel under former President Barack Obama and Yale Law School Professor Cristina Rodriguez, a former Justice Department official and clerk to former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The members of the commission will include scholars, lawyers, retired members of the judiciary, and advocates.
Biden has dismissed the idea of packing the courts in the past, calling it a “bonehead idea” in 1983 and saying that he was not a fan of the idea during his presidential campaign.
“It’s not about court packing,” said Biden during a 60 Minutes interview in October. “There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated, and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make. … There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing.”