Democrats demand liberal 'packing' of Supreme Court, repeal of filibuster to jam through change

A group of Democrats Thursday formally launched a legislative effort to pack the Supreme Court by adding four new justices, in a move that was hailed by progressive activists but quickly met with fierce GOP opposition and skepticism by Democratic leadership.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee members Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., and Hank Johnson, D-Ga., stood outside the Supreme Court Thursday to announce their new legislation to expand the high court from 9 to 13 justices.

"We're here today because the United States Supreme Court is broken," Markey said, flanked by the Democratic lawmakers. "It is out of balance. It needs to be fixed.