Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden again refused to answer whether he would pack the Supreme Court if elected in November, even when directly asked by a local reporter on the campaign trail.
It was the second time on camera Biden has angrily said he wouldn’t answer the question. This time, however, he said voters don’t deserve to know his answer. Packing the SCOTUS, is a term used to describe Democrats desire to add more justices to the Supreme Court. It’s become a topic of discussion since President Donald Trump announced he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The reporter informs Biden that viewers have been asking him for days if the former Vice President is considering packing the highest court in the land. Currently there are nine Supreme Court Justices.
Biden proceeds to tell the reporter: “You’ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don’t want me to continue to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now?
The reporter then says, “don’t the voters deserve to know?
And Biden sharply responds “No, they don’t” but then a sound similar to the word “deserve” is uttered by Biden and then trails off from the end of his sentence.
“He’d love me to talk about, I’ve already said something, court, court pack” says Biden, not explaining who he is because the reporter was talking about voters so it doesn’t appear to make sense.
“He’d love that to be the discussion instead of what he’s doing now,” said Biden. I’m assuming he was talking about President Donald Trump, even though the reporter never once mentioned the President in this particular question.
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The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections
New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.
“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.
“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.
Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”
The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.
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