October 9, 2020 In the News

Shaheen answers questions about packing Supreme Court, pandemic response

By Adam Sexton
October 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen answered questions Friday from New Hampshire voters about the COVID-19 pandemic and packing the Supreme Court.


Voters asked if Shaheen supported the concept of adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court to shift the court’s ideological balance.

“I don’t support packing the court, although I have to say I think that’s exactly what Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have done,” she said. “But I don’t think expanding the number of judges on the Supreme Court is a good thing to do.”

Others sought answers from the Democratic senator on progressive policy proposals, with one asking Shaheen if she supports the Green New Deal.

“I don’t support the Green New Deal as it’s written,” she said. “There are a lot of extraneous ideas in there that may be good, but as I’m thinking about what we need to do respond to climate change, it’s focused on our energy mix, on our participation in international agreements like the Paris climate accords.”

On the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners in the service industry asked what more help might be coming from Washington.

“Those are the businesses that have been hit the hardest,” she said. “Restaurants were the first to close down, they were the last to open, and as we look at winter coming on, there’s real concern about how they’re going to survive the winter.”

Shaheen is seeking a third term, which, if she serves in full, would put her Senate tenure at 18 years. One voter asked if she supports congressional term limits.

“I don’t,” she said. “I think we have term limits already. They’re called elections, and the voters decide whether they want to keep you or whether they want to throw you out.”