October 21, 2020
Video of Sasse’s remarks at the press conference is available here or by clicking on the image above
Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined his colleagues at a press conference to discuss their constitutional amendment limiting the size of the Supreme Court to nine justices.
"At a time when you have declining public trust, the conversation that is being had among Democratic activist circles right now is about nuking two of three branches,” Sasse said. “This is about turning the Senate into just another House of Representatives. A simple majoritarian body that on 51-49, 49-51 swings every 24 months could try to remake more and more of American life. That is the opposite of the Founders’ vision for what the Senate was for. The purpose of the Senate is to enable long debate, deliberation, and to allow passions to cool. So, the idea of nuking the Senate, ending its deliberative structure for the purposes of nuking the Supreme Court is a much bigger deal than is being publicly understood right now."
Sasse joined U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a press conference regarding their constitutional amendment.
Last summer, Sasse and others condemned threats to pack the Supreme Court.
This month, Sasse described court packing as a suicide bombing that would destroy both the Senate and the Supreme Court.