"This legislation will restore the court's balance and public standing and begin to fix the damage done to our judiciary and democracy, and we should abolish the filibuster to ensure we can pass it".
The court-packing bill, captained by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), would expand the court from nine justices to 13 in a move widely applauded by left-wing groups.
Breitbart's Joel B. Pollak reported Wednesday night, "Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure".
Currently, Supreme Court justices have life tenure and serve the court until they die, resign, retire or are impeached and removed from the office. "We're unpacking it. Senator McConnell and the Republicans packed the court over the last couple of years".More news: U.S. prepares sanctions against Russian Federation over cyber attacks, election interference
The court now leans overwhelmingly conservative, with six Republican-appointed justices.
While advocates have been pushing for addition of seats to the Supreme Court, not much has moved as the count remains at nine since 1869.
The proposal comes less than a week after Joe Biden signed an executive order forming a commission to study the possibility of adding seats to the court.
Watch the news conference in the video player above. Some Democrats and liberal activists have said all options including expansion must be considered to counter an entrenched conservative majority that could threaten abortion rights, civil rights, gun control and access to health care in the coming years.More news: Father, son arrested in California in connection with Kristin Smart case
Progressive groups remain enraged at what they see as Republican manipulation of the Supreme Court nomination process in order to give President Trump two appointments to the court: First, by blocking President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court for almost a year, and then by rushing through Amy Coney Barrett's nomination just over a month after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
Her appointment was decried by Democrats, as the Senate Republicans, led by then-majority leader McConnell had earlier blocked Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the bench months before the 2016 election.
"Our task now is to build a grassroots movement that puts pressure on every Democrat in Congress to support this legislation because it is the only way to restore balance to the Court and protect our democracy", Fallon said. Trump in 2017 was able to fill the vacancy with a conservative jurist. Mr Kavanaugh denied all the accusations and was subsequently confirmed by the Senate in October 2018.More news: Biden tells Putin to ease tensions on Ukrainian border, proposes summit