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Whitehouse, Cortez Masto introduce bill to empower congressional responses to SCOTUS decisions

Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) introduced a bill Thursday targeted at empowering Congress to react to Supreme Court decisions that reduce constitutional rights or interpret federal statutes.

Six radical justices enacted a bonanza of right-wing policies over the last term, reshaping American life in wildly unpopular ways over only a matter of a few days, said Whitehouse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, in a statement.

The American folks are sick and tired of policymaking by unaccountable Supreme Court justices, and we’ve a remedy.

The Supreme Court Review Act proposal will come in the wake of several controversial decisions from the bigger court. In its latest term, the Supreme Court issued rulings that rolled back Miranda rights, struck down a fresh York gun control law and clashed with decades of precedents on religious activity in schools and overturned the proper to abortion established in Roe v. Wade.

The senators said in a news release their bill will generate streamlined procedures by which Congress can exercise its existing capacity to amend statutes or create federal statutory rights.

When confronted with an extremely extreme Supreme Court, the American people deserve accountability and responsiveness from all three branches of government, said Cortez Masto in a statement.

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