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© Reuters. As Supreme Court nominee for federal appeals court judge Judge Ketanji Jackson meets U.S. Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY), March 2, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters] – Federal appellate Judge Ketanji Cleveland Jackson was President Joe Biden’s choice to become the first Black woman serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides discussed her candidacy for the permanent post.

Jackson (51), chosen by retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to replace him, started the formal task for Senate confirmation in two high-profile meetings that he had with two of the chamber’s top legislators, Democrat Chuck Schumer, and Republican Mitch McConnell.

Schumer spent approximately 40 minutes meeting with Jackson in a formal Senate dining area.

She deserves the support of both sides of the aisle. I believe that many Republicans will vote in her favor, considering who she really is. “They will not be as loud when she meets them, like I was,” the New York Democrat stated.

Democrats want to confirm her before Easter recess. This officially starts on April 11.

Jackson will join the liberal bloc if confirmed to a court which has an increasing assertive majority of conservative judges, with a number of justices chosen by Donald Trump’s Republican successor, Biden.

Jackson was elected to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit last year after serving eight years as a Washington Federal District Judge and earlier worked as a Supreme Court Clerk for Breyer. This would make her the sixth woman on a nine member court with three female justices.

McConnell, however, met with Jackson shortly after Schumer. He claimed she was supported by activists, who seek to make the Supreme Court more conservative. Also, he pointed out a appellate record which only includes two opinions.

In a Tuesday speech, the Kentucky Republican stated that he was troubled by Judge Jackson’s thin appellate records and Judge Jackson’s intense dark-money fan group.

Republicans quizzed Jackson at her confirmation hearing last spring about whether or not race is a factor in Jackson’s approach to deciding cases. She denied that it was.

Democrats are hopeful Jackson’s nomination would be a boon for Biden and his party. Democrats need Black voters, women, and other important members of their base to show up for the November midterm election that could shift Congress’ power balance.

Democrats hold the 100-seat Senate, evenly divided, thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. If they remain united, however, they could confirm Harris with no Republican votes.

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