Biden said in an excerpt from a CBS “60 Minutes” interview released Thursday that both liberal and conservative scholars see room for reforms in the wake of several politically caustic fights over justice nominations.
“Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations,” he added.
Underscoring the deep politicization of the process, Democrats boycotted the committee vote.
Amid progressives’ outrage that Trump broke convention and pushed through his nominee so close to the November 3 election, Biden is under pressure from many in his party to embark on a radical solution to “pack” the court by expanding the number of justices and filling the new seats with liberals.
“There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing,” he said.
“I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack.
“You’re going to find that there are a lot of conservative constitutional scholars who are saying it as well.”