Democrats Initiate Nuclear Option

United States Supreme Court

( – The Democratic Party has initiated a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would impose stringent term limits on the justices of the United States Supreme Court.

The bill dubbed the Supreme Court TERM Act (“Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization Act”) is sponsored by a group of House Democrats led by Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Under the draft legislation introduced this week, the President would have to make new appointments to the Supreme Court every two years, twice in every presidential term – in the first and then again in the third year of their office.

In addition, Supreme Court justices will be limited to serving for up to 18 years. If a justice serves that long, they would have to retire from “regular active service.”

Moreover, if adopted into law, the new bill will force all current justices on the Supreme Court to retire with each appointment of a new justice.

That would start with the longest serving member on the bench and continue down the line according to the duration of their service to date.

A further provision in the new bill is that when the number of Supreme Court justices goes below the number decreed by law as a result of “vacancy, disability, or disqualification,” those former justices who have retired most recently, would be summoned to fill in until the President appoints a replacement.

“This Supreme Court is increasingly facing a legitimacy crisis,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), in a statement.

“Five of the six conservative justices on the bench were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, and they are now racing to impose their out-of-touch agenda on the American people, who do not want it. Term limits are a necessary step toward restoring balance to this radical, unrestrained majority on the court,” Johnson argued.

The Democrat move to change the composition of the Supreme Court comes after last month it ruled with a 6-3 conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade and once again make abortion a state-level issue.

The pro-life ruling has infuriated Democrats, who have been calling for “packing the court” by increasing the number of justices and appointing liberal ones to overwhelm the conservative majority.

The proposed bill takes a different approach even though last year, its sponsor Rep. Johnson tried to pass another bill that would have expanded the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices.