Washington — President Biden's commission on the Supreme Court unanimously voted Tuesday to send its report examining reforms to the high court to his desk, concluding nearly seven months of work that was set against the backdrop of pressure from progressives to expand the number of seats on the court. The 34-member commission released its report Monday evening, which stopped short of recommending structural changes to the Supreme Court. Instead, the panel laid out in detail the arguments in favor of and against growing the court's membership and instituting term limits for justices, as well as the possible vehicles for implementing the reforms. The commission did, however, say it favors the court continuing to livestream audio of oral arguments, which it said "would enable the media and interested members of the bar and the public to better follow the work of the court." The Supreme Court has been providing live audio of its argument sessions since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the courtroom to close its doors to the public last year and will continue doing so through its February session. The bipartisan panel also endorsed adoption of a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices, which it said would bring the high court in line with federal judges in the lower courts and "demonstrate its dedication to an ethical culture," according to the report. The commission convened for its final meeting Tuesday, during which it discussed its examination of reform proposals and voted on submitting the report to the president. Many members of the panel praised its work and the thoroughness of the report, though there were deep fissures as to the merits of possible structural changes, namely expanding the court's membership. Some commissioners warned adding seats would undermine the Supreme Court's independence and harm its legitimacy, while others said the high court has problems exacerbated by recent confirmation battles and court decisions that must not be ignored. "Some will be disappointed that there are no recommendations to this report, that there is not a consensus document, but that was not our charge," Nancy Gertner, a former federal district court judge, said in remarks, adding, "this is a uniquely perilous moment that requires a unique response." The commission's lack of policy recommendations is likely to frustrate progressives, who have warned of eroding public confidence in the court since former President Donald Trump named three justices and the need for structural reform to protect its legitimacy. But from the outset, the panel has been clear its mandate was not to issue specific recommendations, and instead to evaluate the merits and legality of reform proposals at the center of public debate. Mr. Biden established the Supreme Court commission in April in response to calls from the Democratic Party's liberal flank to expand the high court to dilute the power of its 6-3 conservative majority. The president said on the c . . . read the full article here.