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Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Top border officials defend Biden policies MORE (R-Utah) warned that ending the Senate filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court would “forever diminish” the country’s foundation as Democrats mull revamping certain aspects of the legislative and judicial branches. 

“My Democrat friends decry the last president for weakening our institutions with his words and behavior but they now cheer the effort to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster, which would forever diminish institutions at our Republic’s foundation,” Romney wrote on Twitter. 

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Romney has touted himself as an institutionalist since his election to the Senate in 2018 and has grappled both with Republicans’ ties to former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE and what he sees as overreaches from Democrats since President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE’s inauguration. 

His warning comes as progressives press Biden and Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster, which requires most legislation to garner 60 votes to pass.

Biden has been cool to the prospect, while the 50-member Democratic conference in the Senate lacks the votes to end the rule given opposition from Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  MORE (D-W.Va.) and other centrists.

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Meanwhile, Biden on Friday announced an executive order establishing a commission to study whether to add seats to the Supreme Court. 

Biden said in October that he was “not a fan” of expanding the court but progressives have advocated for either expanding the bench or implementing term limits on the high court after Republicans installed three justices during the Trump administration.

Republicans came out swinging against the plan Friday, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE (R-Ky.) likening it to a “direct assault” on the judiciary. 

“This faux-academic study of a nonexistent problem fits squarely within liberals’ years-long campaign to politicize the Court, intimidate its members, and subvert its independence,” he said in a statement.