Susan Collins will vote for Biden Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson
On Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, Judge Ketanji Jackson Jackson (President Biden’s nominee as Associate Justice to Supreme Court) meets Sen. Susan Collins, R.-Maine.
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Republican Senator Susan Collins stated that she would vote for Judge Ketanji Jackson to join America’s Supreme Court. This is bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s first nomination to this high-ranking court.
Jackson almost certain to be the Supreme Court’s first Black justice.
Collins stated Wednesday that she had reviewed Judge Ketanji Jackson’s record and viewed much of her testimony in hearings. She also met with Collins twice in person.
Maine’s centrist senator said, “I will vote to confirm her to that position.”
When you have emerged from a grueling week of confirmation hearingsThe 51-year old federal judge is a smooth-talking veteran and was likely to be confirmed, even with only minor scarring. no Republicans in the evenly-split SenateVoted for her.
Collins’ announcement and the expected unanimous support from Senate DemocratsThis eliminates the requirement for Kamala Harris, Vice President of Kamala Harris, to vote in a tiebreaking vote to confirm Jackson.
Lisa Murkowski, an Alaskan senator and Mitt Romney from Utah are two other moderate Republican senators who have not revealed their plans to vote for Jackson.
Collins made her first public statement in an interview to The New York Times on Tuesday, after Jackson and Collins had met for the second time one-on-1 meeting at Capitol Hill.
Wednesday’s senator statement stated that the Senator and her “discussed extensively several issues raised during her hearing” but that there was no agreement.
Collins stated, “I am certain that Judge Jackson will be confirmed and I won’t agree with any vote she casts for Justice.” However, that alone is not enough to disqualify.
In a statement by Senator John McCain, he stated that the confirmation process was “broken” as it had been over several Supreme Court nominations.
Collins stressed that her belief was that, under the Constitution’s Supreme Court confirmations, the Senate’s function “is to evaluate the experience and qualifications of the nominee.” It’s not about assessing whether or not a nominee is aligned with the ideologies of a Senator, nor would they rule in the same way as he would.
“This strategy served well the Senate, Court and Country. This approach instilled confidence and integrity in the judiciary. It also helped to keep the Court from being politicized,” she stated. It is the same approach I will use to nominate Supreme Court justices. This goes against the troubling trend to politicize the nomination process.
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