Judicial Act to Expand Court Introduced in House

A group of representatives cite prayer, gun control, and abortion as reasons for the legislation. 

A group of eight members of the House of Representatives called for legislation on Monday that would create four new justice seats on the Supreme Court bench. Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia, the primary sponsor of the 2021 Judiciary Act, said that the Supreme Court is in crisis and that “basic freedoms are under assault” by the current conservative majority of justices.

Citing recent court decisions that allowed prayer in school athletics and rejected a New York gun control law, as well as the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned the previous ruling that provided a federal right to abortion, the legislators said the court’s current makeup demonstrates the need for new justices. 

Representative Johnson said the Supreme Court is “making decisions that usurp the power of the legislative and executive branches.”  The Supreme Court is the only branch of government that is not affected by the popular vote, he said. 

The measure is not expected to pass.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of Congress as they debate the proposed reform of the Supreme Court.
  • For the justices of the court as they prepare for the coming term.
  • For U.S. governing officials to consider the balance of power that was fundamental in the creation of the federal government.

Sources: Newsmax, The Hill


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