Ahead of Barrett's swearing-in ceremony on Monday, several US lawmakers, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), called on Americans to vote in the ongoing US presidential election and hold out hope for the election of Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden and a Democratic majority in the Senate.
Expand the court.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 27, 2020
Expand the court.— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) October 27, 2020
Such calls have been issued after weeks of coverage surrounding the political leanings of the SCOTUS and conservative reports claiming Biden will "pack the court" if elected.
Chuck Schumer: "The next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited your right to tell us how to run that majority."— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) October 26, 2020
Clearly another signal that Senate Dems will pack the court & eliminate the filibuster. Power hungry & wrong. pic.twitter.com/rTtgK9OGKy
“I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system, because it’s getting out of whack,” Biden recently told CBS News' Norah O'Donnell on "60 Minutes."
Barrett's confirmation on Monday comes as the first partisan appointment of a SCOTUS justice in modern times. Conservatives now have a 6-3 majority in the high court.
“A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone, sooner or later, by the next election,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday, as reported by NBC News.
“But they won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”