Is Pelosi overstepping her boundaries?
On Wednesday (March 30), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) noted that the Supreme Court should have a code of ethics.
Her request comes amid controversy surrounding Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, who sent then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows text messages about overturning the 2020 election results.
In her weekly press conference on Thursday (March 31), Pelosi noted that “The justice of the Supreme Court has to at least have a code of ethics,” before questioning “why they should have lower standards than members of Congress in terms of reporting and the rest?”
To enact the code of ethics, Pelosi suggested section H.R. 1, known as the People Act, receive a hearing separate from the rest of the bill because despite the voting legislation being passed in the House it stalled in the Senate.
“In our H.R. 1, our bill to have cleaner government, we have called for the Supreme Court to have a code of ethics. They have no code of ethics. And really? It’s the Supreme Court of the United States, they’re making judgments about the air we breathe and everything else, and we don’t even know what their ethical standard is?”
Pelosi continued saying that she’d “like to see that bill have a hearing” but emphasized, “Not the whole bill, but taking out that piece. We’ve already passed the whole bill, but to focus on the Supreme Court ethics standard legislation.”
Pelosi also noted that there could be a hearing on this issue “pretty soon” but didn’t give an indication of when that might occur.