Senate Must Reject Democrats’ Latest Supreme Court Intimidation Gambit
‘The same Democrats who warn solemnly about defending democracy would like to shatter the independence of a co-equal pillar of our government. The partisan bill before the Judiciary Committee this week deserves neither the Court’s cooperation nor any Senator’s support. I would urge each of our colleagues to reject it.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court:
“While Democrats like President Biden may not like the Israeli government’s attempts at judicial reform, they’re obsessed with doing it themselves here in the United States.
“For the past several months, when they’re not rubber-stamping radical nominees for the federal bench, Senate Democrats have been laser-focused on punishing a co-equal branch of government and bending it to their own political will. To do so our colleagues plan to steer the Judiciary Committee onto the thinnest Constitutional ice.
“This week, the Committee will mark up what Democrats are calling the ‘Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act’.
“But in the interests of actual transparency, let’s discuss what our colleagues’ intentions here really are.
“For months now, the Justices of the Court have been the subject of an uptick in pearl-clutching and hysterics from the political Left and their media allies.
“We’ve been told we should be outraged that the Justices dare to buy and sell property and take vacations, that they speak at universities and write children’s books, and that their spouses dare to pursue careers of their own.
“As I’ve said before, I believe in the integrity and honesty of each member of the Court. And the Justices and their families should continue to ignore desperate attacks peddled by Democrats and organs of yellow journalism.
“But no matter which headline is chosen as pretext on any given day, it’s the same old intimidation campaign by the Left to undermine the Court.
“By their own example, Senate Democrats have repeatedly told the American people that the entire federal judiciary exists for no other reason than to fulfill their changing political whims.
"They’ve threatened Justices by name from the steps of the Court and threatened the institution itself in unfriendly amicus briefs.
“In each instance, Democrats have signaled their open disdain for a body that refuses to interpret the Constitution through the lens of their Party’s platform.
“They’ve shown how afraid they are of a Court that upholds our laws as they were written.
“And they’ve exposed their profound misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s purpose in our republic.
“But this week, the same Senate Democrats who recently threatened to strip the Court’s security budget would like us to believe that they are driven by nothing more than the pursuit of ethics and transparency.
“The same Democrats who warn solemnly about defending democracy would like to shatter the independence of a co-equal pillar of our government.
“The partisan bill before the Judiciary Committee this week deserves neither the Court’s cooperation nor any Senator’s support.
“I would urge each of our colleagues to reject it.”