House Democrats introducing bill to eliminate lifetime tenure on SCOTUS justices, limit term to 18 years

Democrats in the House will introduce a bill to eliminate lifetime tenure for the Supreme Court and instead limit the tenure of justices of the highest court to 18 years.

California lawmaker Ro Khanna plans to introduce the bill Tuesday along with fellow House Democrats Joe Kennedy and Don Beyer.

Khanna tweeted Thursday morning ” We need term limits for the Supreme Court. Every president should have an equal chance to appoint justices. Our entire democratic system shouldn’t hinge on the shoulders of individual Supreme Court justices.”

Khanna explained “It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric.”

Rather than force SCOTUS justices into retirement, Khanna’s proposed bill would rotate to lower courts after their 18 year term.

“That’s perfectly consistent with their judicial independence and having a lifetime salary and a lifetime appointment,” Khanna claims.

The proposed bill would not affect justices already on the Supreme Court.