Poll: Approval of the Supreme Court Hits an All-Time Low

The Supreme Court’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low.

That’s according to a new survey from Quinnipiac University. The poll was conducted shortly after the Supreme Court voted not to block Texas from implementing the most restrictive abortion law in the nation in a 5-4 ruling that has drawn criticism of the court’s usage of the so-called “shadow docket” to make emergency rulings. read more

Texas Abortion Ruling Causes SCOTUS Approval To Hit An All Time Low

National approval of the conservative-led Supreme Court has reached the lowest point in the history of the Quinnipiac Poll.

The Supreme Court Is Very Unpopular

According to the Quinnipiac Poll:

Americans give the Supreme Court a negative job approval rating, as 37 percent approve of the way it is handling its job, and 49 percent disapprove, with 14 percent not offering an opinion. read more

Senate Will Probe Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket” Texas Abortion Ruling

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who is the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, said a panel will probe the Supreme Court’s practice of deciding weighty cases on an emergency basis.

The news comes after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, voted not to block a Texas law that went into effect Wednesday that prohibits virtually all abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which is typically after six weeks of pregnancy. read more

Elizabeth Warren on Texas Abortion Ban: “It’s Time for National Laws to Secure Our Reproductive Freedom”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke out after the state of Texas effectively outlawed abortion by banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

Let’s be clear about what just happened in Texas: The second-largest state in America has effectively banned abortions,” she wrote on Twitter. “We can’t rely on the courts to protect our rights. It’s time for national laws to ensure reproductive freedom.” read more

Justice Breyer Still Mulling Over Potential Retirement

Speaking to The New York Times, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer said he is still mulling over his potential retirement. At 83 years old, Breyer is the oldest member sitting on the Supreme Court.

“There are a lot of blurred things there, and there are many considerations,” he said. “They form a whole. I’ll make a decision.” read more

Biden Not Going to Pressure Stephen Breyer to Retire from Supreme Court

President Joe Biden and his aides are not going to push Associate Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court, believing that to do so would politicize the institution.

There is not currently a vacancy on the Supreme Court but progressives have been pressuring Breyer to retire to ensure that the vacancy occurs while the Democrats are in control of the Senate. Breyer has not indicated that he will retire. However, if he did, the vacancy would allow President Biden to nominate someone younger and perhaps bring more diversity to the court even if a Democratic appointment does not affect the current 6-3 conservative majority. read more

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

The United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act after rejecting the latest challenge from Republicans and former President Donald Trump‘s administration.

In a 7-2 ruling, the court said states lacked the legal right to challenge the ruling, finding that a contested provision had not been injurious. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. read more

Pelosi Will Not Yet Bring Bill to Expand Supreme Court to the Floor So Democrats Can Focus on Passing Infrastructure Bill

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a press conference that she will not bring a bill to expand the Supreme Court to the floor, saying that while the bill is “not out of the question,” the Democratic Party’s focus should for the time being remain on passing President Joe Biden‘s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan. read more

Democratic Women’s Caucus Introduces Bill to Erect Monument of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Grounds

Members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus have introduced a bill to erect a monument of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the grounds of the United States Capitol.

This is an effort to highlight an extraordinary person in American history,” said Representative Jackie Spier (Calif.), one of the bill’s co-sponsors. “You know we’ve done that for many other individuals who you know are emblematic of talent and grit and ingenuity that we are so proud of in this country.” read more