The president signed a measure Wednesday that would expand the number of federal lawsuits that can be filed by citizens against the federal government.
Trump signed the bill, which was introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Senate Majority Leader, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R/C), the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, as part of an effort to make the judicial branch a more powerful and independent part of the federal judicial system.
The legislation is expected to be a boon for the courts, but it will likely make it harder for plaintiffs to get access to the full court’s decision-making power.
Trump has been trying to get judges to give up their power and allow more of the judicial process to be conducted in secret, a practice known as “plenary review.”
Trump is expected continue this trend in the future.
The measure also would require the Supreme Court to appoint a permanent, four-member panel to decide the fate of lawsuits filed by individuals, which would be called a “probate review panel.”
The bill also requires the Supreme to establish a process for deciding the case against an individual before they are allowed to ask the court to hear the case.
Trump has already tried to make sure the courts are better able to hear cases by appointing justices who have already been involved in the process of certifying cases before a judge.