Franklin Delano Roosevelt


What was the Court Packing Plan?

Roosevelt was angered by the actions of the Supreme Court in striking down many of his New Deal laws. He supported a measure that would allow the president to appoint a new justice every time an existing justice reached seventy years of age, with a maximum of six additional justices. This plan did not get very far, because it was met with widespread opposition. However, some speculate that pressure from Roosevelt caused at least some members of the Court to look with a bit more favor on some New Deal measures. Whatever the case, the Court continued to consist of nine members and this has stayed constant.


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