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We all know the concept of house rules, many of us that have played cards of board games know of this concept. Some of us collect money when we land on Free Parking when playing Monopoly for example.

One thing about house rules that we all have to remember is that once the game has begun you can’t suddenly change the rules. That’s what Nancy Pelosi is doing.

House Democrats are expected to introduce a bill on Tuesday that would limit a Supreme Court Justice’s term to 18 years, cutting short the historically-understood Constitutional interpretation of a lifetime appointment.

The Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act is sponsored by California Democrat Representative Ro Khanna, and co-sponsored by Rep Joe Kennedy III (Mass.) and Rep Don Beyer (VA).

“It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric,” said Rep Khanna of the legislation. “Every president should have an equal chance to appoint justices. Our entire democratic system shouldn’t hinge on the shoulders of individual Supreme Court justices.”

Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress power in the regulation of federal courts, but proclaims that “Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior…” This has historically been interpreted to mean that Supreme Court Justices have lifetime tenure.

The bill would limit a Supreme Court Justice’s term to 18 years, and after that term, would allow the Justice to continue to serve on lower courts (in theory, abiding by Article III’s “shall hold their Offices during good Behavior” standard).

Additionally, each president would be limited to two appointments in a 4-year term.

The bill is expected to be introduced to the House floor on Tuesday, less than two weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which opened a vacant seat on the Supreme Court only weeks away from the presidential election. The Trump administration and GOP-led Senate have been working to push an appointment through before the election, while Democrats have been calling for the appointment to wait for the election and inauguration of the next president.

President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court Justices since his 2016 election – Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. His expected appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to be replace Justice Ginsburg would be his third appointment (to be officially announced later today).

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  1. Old wolf

    They should first start with the years congress can be reelected. That would stop most of the delusional democrats corruption . Then worry about scj . And make sure corrupt people like turkey neck Nancy can’t change our laws to suit there needs . Also make it that once someone like turkey neck Nancy gets to this point of corruption like she did , they can be fired right away to stop the corruption in our government . These are the things that need fixing but never are cause of the corruption of the delusional democrats . Iam sure it happens to with the Republicans . But not right out in the open like the delusional democrats do . Look at the way the delusional democrats are burning , looting and killing to gain power and the dumb ass’s that follow them don’t care . The right needs to start doing the same to the left . Fight fire with fire . That’s the only way to stop them

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  2. ivdad

    If anything Congress needs to overhaul the federal court system before worrying about the SCOTUS. Drop the life time appointments and get federal judges that are non-political and observe and follow the Constitution.

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  3. Tim Thompson

    The Supreme court will be good especially with the new Justice coming on board, hopefully taking us back to a constitutional government. If it isn’t written in the constitution it’s a no. Seems with the Jurists who actually are in the liberal bent and they of course want to make law not just interpret it. RBG was from the ACLU side of the liberal left and she was proud of killing babies with her rulings to literally keep abortion the law of the land. The American people never voted it in it was the Supreme court that approved it and since we have seen millions of babies who were exterminated instead of making people responsible for their own actions in birth control. Hopefully Trump will see another huge win in putting a conservative on the court, let’s pray he does.

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