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06-2022

Senate panel to vote on Jackson’s nomination to Supreme Court

Senate panel to vote on Jackson's nomination to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Democrats are starting a whirlwind of votes and Senate floor action Monday with the goal of confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson. As the first black woman on the Supreme Court by the end of the week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins Monday morning with a vote to move Jackson’s nomination to the Senate floor. Democrats will then wind up the nomination 50-50 through the Senate, with a final vote to replace President Joe Biden’s retired Justice Stephen Breuer.,

After more than 30 hours of hearing and questioning from Republicans over his record, Jackson is on the verge As the third black justice to make history and only the sixth woman in the court’s more than 200-year history. Democrats — and at least one Republican — cite his deep experience in his nine years on the federal bench and his opportunity to become the first former public defender on the court.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., said Thursday that the high regard for Jackson after four days of hearings “is evidence of the strength he brings to this nomination and the value he brings.” It will be brought to the Supreme Court.”

The committee could stagnate on Monday’s vote 11-11, which means Democrats will have to spend additional hours on the Senate floor to “free” her nomination from the committee. While this won’t delay the process for long, it is another blow to Democrats, who had hoped to ratify Jackson with bipartisan support.

Delaware Sen. Chris Koons, Delaware Sen., said a stalemate vote “would be an unfortunate sign of continued descent into the laxity of our confirmation process.”

The committee has not stalemate on a nomination since 1991, when a motion to send the nomination to the floor with a “favourable” recommendation for current Justice Clarence Thomas failed by a 7-7 vote. The committee then voted to send the nomination to the floor without a recommendation, meaning it could still be brought to a vote.

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Either way, Democrats are ready to spend time on vacation on Monday afternoon if necessary. The Senate will proceed to a series of procedural steps before a final confirmation vote later in the week.

While none of the Republicans on the committee are expected to endorse Jackson, Democrats will have at least one GOP vote on the floor — Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who announced last week That she would support the nominee. Collins said that even though he doesn’t always agree with her, Jackson has “the experience, competence, and integrity of serving as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.”

It is not yet clear whether any other Republicans will join him. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky set the tone for the party last week when he said he “can’t and won’t” support GOP concerns raised at hearings about his sentencing record and from liberal advocacy groups. citing their support.

Collins & Sense. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were the only three to vote for Jackson when the Senate confirmed him as an appeals court judge last year. Graham said on Thursday that he would not support her this time; Murkowski says she’s still deciding.

Collins’ endorsement likely saves Democrats from using Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote to confirm President Joe Biden’s pick, and Biden called on Wednesday to thank Collins after his announcement, the senator’s office. According to. The president had called him at least three times before the hearing, part of a larger push to win a bipartisan vote for his historic candidate.

It is expected that all 50 Democrats will support Jackson, although a notable moderate Democrat, Arizona Sen. Kirsten Cinema, has yet to say how she will vote.

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