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End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund Commends the Re-introduction of the TERM Act

Sep 19, 2023

Tiffany Muller, ECU // LAV Action Fund president, to join Rep. Johnson and advocacy partners at a press conference outside the Supreme Court

End Citizens United (ECU) // Let America Vote (LAV) Action Fund today praised Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) for re-introducing the Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act in the 118th Congress. The bill is a critical step in re-establishing legitimacy and restoring trust in the Court. Tiffany Muller, President of ECU // LAV, will be joining Rep. Johnson and advocacy partners today at a press conference announcing the bill and calling for its passage outside the Supreme Court.

“Dark money has captured the Supreme Court and instilled a far-right extremist majority which has put the needs of special interests above the American people—and as a result, faith and confidence in the Supreme Court has plummeted to all-time lows,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund. “Thanks to lifetime appointments and no term limits, justices have made a mockery of ethical standards and proven unable to hold themselves to the same standard as all other federal judges. We thank Congressman Johnson for his continued leadership to reform the Supreme Court to rebuild the trust of the American people and ensure equal justice for all.”

Details of the TERM Act:

  • Establish terms of 18 years in regular active service for Supreme Court justices, after which justices who retain the office will assume senior status;

  • Establish regular nominations of Supreme Court justices in the first and third years following a presidential election as the sole means of Supreme Court appointments;

  • Require current justices to assume senior status in order of length of service on the Court as regularly appointed justices receive their commissions;

  • Preserve life tenure by ensuring that senior justices retired from regular active service continue to hold the office of Supreme Court justice, including official duties and compensation; and

  • Require a randomly-selected senior status Supreme Court justice to fill in on the Court if the number of justices in regular active service falls below nine.