Senate to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick
U.S. Judge Ketanji Jackson listening to U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D.N.J.), speaks on the third day at U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It took place on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 23, 2022.
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Sen. Democrats in the Senate are racing to a last vote on Thursday to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Jackson, the first Black woman to serve as a judge at the highest U.S. court.
At 11:15 a.m., the Senate will conduct a procedural vote in order to move President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. ET.
If it passes, it will allow for early voting at 1:45 p.m. ET to raise Jackson to the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “It’ll be a joyful day.”
Schumer wanted to confirm Jackson (a 51-year old federal judge) to the highest court before the senators depart town for a two week recess. Jackson was finally confirmed by Schumer. her grueling confirmation hearingsFortunately, the victory was relatively easy. the support of three Republican senatorsNow, the Senate has an opportunity to complete her historic nomination process before schedule.
Jackson was able to reach the top court, even though no Republicans supported it. Only a simple majority is required to confirm Jackson in the Senate. This splits 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats.
In the event that the Senate fails to confirm Jackson, Kamala Harris (Vice President) would be eligible to break the tie.
But Jackson is set to breeze past the finish line in a bipartisan vote, as three centrist Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah — have vowed to vote for her.
Romney declared his support on Monday, saying that while I don’t expect to be able to accept every Court decision she makes, I think she exceeds the standards of excellence and integrity.”
Jackson will replace Justice Stephen Breyer who is retiring. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. She will confirm the conservative wing of court which leans 6-3 to conservatism after three Trump-appointed judges.
Jackson’s supporters say she will offer a different perspective because Jackson is the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and as a former public defense attorney.