Letter: Congress must add seats to Supreme Court

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have nine Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history to match both the expanding American electorate and the number of Federal Appeals Courts.

We need our democracy to modernize and adapt over time; that’s exactly how our government should work. That’s why we need the Judiciary Act, which would add four seats to the Supreme Court. Not only does it have historical precedent, adding more seats would restore balance to the court, which is currently highly partisan with a 6-3 right-wing supermajority.

There’s nothing stopping Congress from adding justices — except for the political will to do it, of course. That’s why I’m urging Congress to pass the Judiciary Act of 2021 and add four seats to the Supreme Court.

— Sonia Noemi Cross, Chico 

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