President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s proposed plan to modify the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) was voted down by the Senate. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes Court had repeatedly struck down key elements of FDR’s New Deal. FDR enacted the wide reaching program as an effort to end the Great Depression.
The legislation would have added six additional associate justices to the court all FDR appointees. This change would have created an immediate shift in the court’s philosophical makeup and neuter Chief Justice Hughes control over the court. Congress struck down these provisions of the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill. However, the Court did become more favorable to New Deal legislation making it clear that FDR’s message had been heard loud and clear.