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From left, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., hold a news conference outside the Supreme Court to announce legislation to expand the number of seats on the high court, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Democrats’ bill to expand the U.S. Supreme Court may be all but dead on arrival in Congress—but lawmakers have their eyes on a number of other pieces of legislation touching the federal courts.

Since the start of the new Congress, Democrats in the House have held a wave of hearings on the federal judiciary, from the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” to judicial diversity. Lawmakers from both parties in the House and the Senate are preparing to reintroduce bills increasing transparency, or drafting new legislation to expand the size of the district courts. 

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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