US Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has become one of the most vocal critics of the US Supreme Court after recent rulings on abortion, gun licensing and the Environmental Protection. Markey has called for four more seats to be added to the court, to minimize his current conservative tilt.
“If a bully steals your lunch money and you don’t do anything, he’ll come back for more next time,” Markey said on the codcast this week. “So the Republicans stole two seats. Imagine what they will do in the next ten years if we do nothing to restore the balance of the court.
Markey called the current tribunal “illegitimate.” Pressed on why, Markey cited the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to hold hearings on Obama nominee Merrick Garland during an election year, and then their decision to confirm Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett, despite the upcoming presidential election. Markey called it “absolutely a violation of the so-called McConnell rule that we wouldn’t act on a Supreme Court justice in an election year,” referring to the Republican Senate Minority Leader , Mitch McConnell.
“These justices are now part of a majority that aims to systematically undermine progressive decisions that have been made over two generations in our country,” Markey said.
If the tribunal is not expanded to “reclaim” those seats, Markey said, recent decisions “are just a preview of the atrocities to come that will emanate from the Supreme Court.
When asked if Republicans wouldn’t just take back those extra seats when they got the power, Markey said, “The only alternative is to just accept the fact that for the next 15 years, Republican justices in right who are relatively young on the Supreme Court will undermine everything.” Markey said that could include rights to same-sex marriage and contraception, and the FDA’s authority to regulate e-cigarettes.
Markey also called for scrapping the filibuster, the rule that requires 60 votes rather than a majority for a bill to pass the Senate. He called the procedure “arcane” and said it “inhibits the Senate from acting according to the will of the American people.” “Of my view, the filibuster is that Jim Crow relic from an earlier era that has now come to haunt our nation in the 21st century“, Markey said.
Asked why the solution to the filibuster isn’t bipartisanship, Markey said the problem is a Republican party that’s “in the grip of a right-wing ideology that terrifies them, and that ideology is Donald Trump..” He said it was necessary to restore “balance” to the Supreme Court for now, “and maybe, just maybe, we will reach a day when the Republican Party comes to its senses.”
Regarding specific court rulings, Markey said the ruling that the EPA cannot regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is actually the court providing a “leaky bucket” to handle. a “five-alarm climatic fire”.
Markey appeared with President Biden in Somerset last week, where the president announced modest executive actions to tackle climate change. Many environmental activists have urged the president to go further, and Markey said he sees the president’s initial actions as a start..
“He has made it very clear that he will be rolling out executive action after executive action in the coming months that will replace, so far, the failure of Congress to act on the climate crisis,” he said. declared. Markey said the United States needs a strong climate policy to send a message to the world about the importance of climate change. “We cannot preach temperance from a bar stool,” he said.
While the state legislature operates update gun laws to comply with the High Court’s ruling on gun licensing, Markey said he encouraged the Legislative Assembly to close the loopholes left by the court. “Massachusetts must work to make the NRA irrelevant in American politics. We should be the leader,” he said.
When it comes to abortion, Markey said, the United States is going through “dark times” and it is fortunate that Governor Charlie Baker and the Legislature are taking action to legally protect abortion providers who serve women who travel from other states. “Massachusetts must be a haven for people across the country who are being denied the care they seek in their home country,” Markey said. “It’s a simple fact that we need more pro-choice governors and state legislatures to protect abortion access after this decision. But I think our legislature is leading the way.