Senator has introduced legislation to expand the Court, restore legitimacy in wake of MAGA-extremist takeover

Washington (July 1, 2024) - Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Donald Trump’s immunity case, Trump v. United States, regarding the January 6th insurrection.

“The far-right extremist majority has politicized our highest court, undermined its legitimacy, and has created a dangerous ‘absolute’ immunity for a president’s official acts,” said Senator Markey. “This is a rogue, untethered, and damaging Supreme Court. MAGA extremist justices also are ignoring the festering corruption in their ranks. We need justices committed to justice. Stolen seats filled with partisan hacks lead to alarming results. Today’s ruling is devastating to our democracy. We must reclaim the stolen seats, restore balance and legitimacy to the Court, and begin to undo the damage the MAGA Republican party has wrought.”

In 2023, Senators Markey, Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY-12), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Cori Bush (MO-01), and Adam Schiff (CA-30) reintroduced the Judiciary Act, legislation that would expand the U.S. Supreme Court by adding four seats to create a 13-Justice bench. Since the Judiciary Act of 2023 was first introduced in 2021, the movement to expand the Court has gained the support of dozens of the nation’s leading civil liberties, education, reproductive health, climate, and labor organizations.