The Senate awaits a historic week with a vote to bring Jackson to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to vote this week on whether to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court, and she is in good shape to win a lifetime appointment and become the first black woman on the court.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet Monday and vote on whether to advance Jackson, 51, a US Circuit Court of Appeals judge for Washington, DC, to a split vote to “exonerate” the nomination to the full Senate.

Democratic leaders are hoping to hold a final Senate vote as early as Thursday, but it could slide to Friday if Republicans use delaying tactics at the minority party’s disposal to delay it.

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership who is retiring, said on ABC’s This Week Sunday that he would vote against Jackson, describing her as “certainly qualified,” but raised concerns about her ” Philosophy of Law”, which reflects others in his party.

“I think she will definitely be confirmed,” Blunt said. “I think it’s going to be a high point for the country to see her go to court and bring her unique perspective to the court, but I don’t think she’s the kind of judge who’s really going to do the kind of work that I think the court has to do it. And I won’t support them, but I will join others in understanding the importance of this moment.”

The nomination requires 50 votes to be successful. Democrats have had no defectors. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a centrist swing vote in the party, has backed Jackson. As long as they stick together, Republicans can’t block them.

Democrats have hailed Jackson as highly skilled with a breadth of experience and a mainstream approach to judging.

“She deserves more Republican votes,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on ABC Sunday, calling Jackson “one of the most qualified candidates in modern history.”

“She has an excellent academic record, an excellent record in private practice, on the Judgment Committee,” he said. “And she did admirably before the committee in the face of some ridiculous, absurd and demeaning questions from some members.”

Only one Republican — Senator Susan Collins of Maine — supported the nomination. Two other GOP candidates set to confirm Jackson are Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who voted to confirm her in the Court of Appeals last year, and Utah’s Mitt Romney, who has expressed a willingness to support her.

They have yet to announce how they will vote. It is unlikely that another Republican will support her.

If confirmed, Jackson will replace retiring Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, which would not shift the Conservative 6-3 balance. The Senate awaits a historic week with a vote to bring Jackson to the Supreme Court

Caroline Bleakley

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