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By Maegan Vazquez and Allie Malloy, CNN
A 36-person commission set up by President Joe Biden to investigate the U.S. Supreme Court will publish draft materials on Thursday, the White House said.
The Presidential Commission at the United States Supreme Court was established in April in part as a compromise with liberals calling for an increase in the number of judges on the conservatively dominated Supreme Court – what critics call “court packing”.
Biden came up with the idea of creating the presidential campaign commission after he was pressured by other Democrats to take a stand on expanding the court in an attempt to rebalance a 6-3 Conservative bank bring to. The court appears ready to proceed with its legal process on abortion rights, religious freedom and voting restrictions.
But according to the White House, the commission is examining far more than just expanding the bank.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the upcoming release of the commission’s “Draft Preliminary Discussion Materials” during Wednesday’s press conference and told reporters that the materials had not been submitted to the White House for processing or feedback. She added that the release of the materials will be followed by a public commission meeting on Friday.
“Our aim here is to move this process, which is composed of a multitude of experts and voices, forward and to take different points of view, and we will not comment on it – or the President would not comment on it – until a report is final and he has the opportunity to review it at this point, ”said Psaki.
A final report will be presented to Biden in mid-November.
The White House previously stated that “the purpose of the Commission is to provide an analysis of the main arguments for and against the reform of the Supreme Court in the contemporary public debate, including an assessment of the merits and legality of certain reform proposals,” added that the commissioners consider such options as term limits for judges; Change in the size of the court; and changing its case selection, rules and practices.
The Commission is not expected to make any final reform recommendations.
Many Democrats remain outraged that Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of then-U.S. appeals judge Merrick Garland for nearly a year in 2016, but then quickly upheld the appointments of President Donald Trump, including Amy Coney Barrett for just a few days before the presidential election in November 2020 election.
During the election campaign, Biden signaled that he was “not a fan” of court packing.
While discussing his idea of forming a commission, Biden told CBS News last fall that he wanted “recommendations to reform the judicial system because it is getting out of hand.”
“It’s not about court packing,” he said. “There are a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have discussed. … The last thing we have to do is turn the Supreme Court into a political football, whoever has the most votes gets what he wants. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations. “
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CNN’s Joan Biskupic contributed to this report.