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Republican Senators push constitutional amendment to stop court-packing

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Republican senators are pushing forward a constitutional amendment that mandates the Supreme Court only has nine justices, The Hill is reporting.

Sens. Ted Cruz (TX), Thom Tillis (NC), Martha McSally (AZ), Roger Wicker (MS), Kelly Loeffler (GA), and Cindy Hydesmith (MS) all signed onto the amendment.

The move comes as former Vice President and 2020 Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden refuses to answer whether he would “pack the court,” meaning add more than the traditional nine justices.

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and President Donald Trump’s subsequent nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the question remains whether Biden would add to the court or accept the expected confirmation of Judge Barrett.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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