Texas Democrats renew campaign for changes to US Supreme Court

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The governor of Texas has taken issue with the presence of more judges during Supreme Court arguments A group of Democratic lawmakers are renewing calls for a change to…

Texas Democrats renew campaign for changes to US Supreme Court

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The governor of Texas has taken issue with the presence of more judges during Supreme Court arguments

A group of Democratic lawmakers are renewing calls for a change to US rules that would allow lawmakers to add seats to the US Supreme Court.

They have sought the rule change in light of oral arguments on 20 November in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt.

Most public hearings in the US are held in chambers or semi-public galleries.

Some might appear to be empty seats, because no spectators can enter the room during oral arguments.

“No elected official wants to hear himself from constituents on the floor of Congress or to listen to testimony at a trial before a jury,” the group, which also includes two senior congressmen, wrote in a letter.

But they argue that it is not just politics that has to be balanced, and that the current rules will unfairly disadvantage women.

“The imbalance is symbolically powerful: the full Senate seats are occupied by men and the full House seats by women,” the group said.

Image copyright PA Image caption Lee Terry (right) listens to arguments during oral arguments in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt

There are currently nine justices on the US Supreme Court, but they are set to get even bigger – with the addition of two people who were nominated by President Donald Trump, and who are expected to serve until retirement.

Image copyright James Gathany/Getty Images Image caption Several sitting justices have expressed concerns about the increase in conservative activists on the court

The recently confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in an acrimonious vote.

The Supreme Court rules on issues of court administration, procedure, and many issues involving criminal procedure.

The court traditionally takes nearly 25% of the memberships for the Supreme Court, Senate and House of Representatives, and the executive branch.

Those seats should be changed to make sure justice is seen to be done, the group argues.

But a number of Republican lawmakers have opposed this.

“Obviously this is a political proposal,” said Republican Senator Mike Lee, who also spoke during the Congressional Courts hearing.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Republican from Mississippi, asked if nominees could be seated as quickly as possible

The Democratic members of the House of Representatives have previously tried to change the seating on the Supreme Court, as it relates to a change in a rule that says judges cannot have work in the middle of the work day on most days.

That change failed in February.

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