Joe Biden announces plans for a special commission to advise on Supreme Court reforms

Posted on October 22, 2020, 6:28 pm
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The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden has announced plans for a special commission which would study the US court system over 180 days, if he is elected in November. The commission will provide reform recommendations relating to the supreme court.

Responding to questions surrounding the US supreme court during an interview Joe Biden, told Norah O’Donnell that the court system was “getting out of whack” and that “there’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond ‘packing”.

“The last thing we need to do is turn the supreme court into just a political football, [that means] whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want,” Biden said in the interview, just nine days prior to the historic US election.

The previews for the show came after reports that Donald Trump abruptly ended what was intended to be an hour-long interview at the White House after 45 minutes, before chastising correspondent Stahl for her professionalism and lack of mask.

Meanwhile, the US president has been talking about doing his own pre-emptive defense.

Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed to “put together a bipartisan commission of constitutional scholars – Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative” over “180 days come back to me with recommendations” on the US court system.

“It’s the way in which it’s being handled and it’s not about court packing,” Biden argued, adding “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.”

While Biden focused on the recovery from a pandemic and recession, his rival, President Trump looked forward to only one goal: “To get back to normal”.

“Get back to where we were, to have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy,” he said. “And that’s where we’re going, and that’s where we’re heading.”

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