AOC supports court-packing, says SCOTUS should not be able to overturn legislation

by Jenny Mount · Apr 19th, 2021 1:54 pm

Last Updated Apr 20th, 2021 at 11:35 pm

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is backing the Democrats' efforts to add four new seats to the Supreme Court to be filled by President Biden, saying the courts should not be allowed to overturn laws passed by Congress.

"I do think we should be expanding the court," Ocasio-Cortez said. "The idea that nine people, that a nine-person court, can overturn laws that … hundreds and thousands of legislators, advocacy and policymakers drew consensus on … we have to … just ask ourselves, I think as a country, how much does that current structure benefit us? And I don't think it does."

Ocasio-Cortez's stance on the principle of judicial review echoed the position taken by former President Barack Obama in 2012 when Obamacare was brought before the Supreme Court.

At the time, Obama complained "that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law."

However, Obama later clarified that he did accept the principle of judicial review, which has been part of the constitutional framework for more than two centuries and continues to be a crucial component of the balance of power between the three branches of government.


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