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WASHINGTON — As Congressional Democrats introduce a bill that will significantly reshape the structure of the Supreme Court by creating 18-year term limits for Supreme Court justices, many questions whether it is reasonable to establish term limits for Supreme Court justices.

Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) introduced this bill to create term limits for Supreme Court justices. However, this bill does not apply to justices currently serving. If they enact the bill, the president could nominate a new justice every two years and require the Senate to act on each nomination within 120 days before the nominee is automatically seated.

This bill comes in response to Democrat maneuvering in Congress for Supreme Court nominations. Some Democrats are looking for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so that President Biden can nominate his successor.

Although many oppose term limits, some argue that Supreme Court justices rarely reflect the America they preside over. If the court continually moved away from the public’s values, then people would reject them. The Supreme Court relies heavily on public confidence for its legitimacy.

Life tenure also arguably politicizes one of the country’s most powerful institutions, which has created an environment where judicial confirmation votes are often down party lines. As a result, these justices are becoming known like some big-time politicians.

“The high-stakes confirmation hearings that occur every time there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court undermine the reputation of our highest judicial body,” Khanna said in a statement.

On the contrary, scholars have a serious issue with this bill because it would likely require a constitutional amendment. As a result, the bill is more unlikely to pass the Senate since they need 10 Republicans to overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Currently, the commission created by Biden, composed of experts, former judges, scholars and lawyers is examining the membership and size of the court and the length of service and turnover of justices.

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