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    In Their Words

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    America’s leaders—from the President, to cabinet and administration members, to U.S. Representatives and Senators—make statements about our constitutional freedoms every day. Some politicians stand firm on protecting our liberties, others side with the prevailing opinion of the day and some will unashamedly call to strip away our rights.

    With the stakes for our freedoms—including religious liberty—at an all-time high, it’s crucial that all Americans know which of our nation’s decision-makers support or oppose court-packing:

    The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.

    — President Joe Biden

    I want to lay those fears to rest: that won’t happen. I will not be the 50th Democrat voting to end the filibuster or to stack the court.

    — Senator Joe Manchin

    While eliminating the filibuster may result in some short-term legislative gains, it would deepen partisan divisions and sacrifice the long-term health of our government.

    — Senator Kyrsten Sinema

    If anything would make the court look partisan. It would be that — one side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.’

    — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The court is guided by legal principle, not politics. Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that latter perception, further eroding that trust.

    — Justice Stephen Breyer

    We add two more judges. The next guy comes in—maybe a Republican—somebody comes in, you have two more. And you have 87 members of the Supreme Court. And I think that delegitimizes the Court.

    — Senator Bernie Sanders

    I don’t believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose. It is not often used, it’s often less used now than when I first came, and I think it’s part of the Senate that differentiates itself.

    — Senator Dianne Feinstein

    Packing the Court means one very specific thing: expanding the number of justices to achieve a political outcome. It is wrong. It is an abuse of power.

    — Senator Ted Cruz

    We shouldn’t expand the Supreme Court just because a justice may be confirmed with whom we disagree on policy.

    — Senator Jon Ossoff