Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is on course to make history as the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.
After receiving an 11-11 vote Monday that presented a procedural hurdle, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer broke the tie and gave Jackson’s nomination the floor on a procedural vote.
According to CNN, all Democrats supported the 51-year-old’s nomination and three Republicans — Maine’s Susan Collins, Utah’s Mitt Romney and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski — voted for Jackson.
“Justice Jackson will bring the highest level of skill, integrity, courtesy and grace to the Supreme Court,” Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday of his support for her. “The action of this committee today is nothing less than making history. I’m honored to be a part of it,” reports CNN.
Although the DC judge is considered one of the most qualified candidates, almost every Republican is expected to oppose her nomination. It is said that many “have concerns about their legal philosophy or lack thereof, their conviction in some criminal cases, and their advocacy for certain clients,” CNN also reports.
“My support rests on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; their demonstrated judicial independence; their behavior and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to court as Judge Breyer’s replacement,” Murkowski said Monday. “It also stems from my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the scrutiny process for Supreme Court nominees that is getting worse and more unrealistic on both sides of the aisle every year.”
If confirmed, Jackson will replace Judge Stephen Breyer. The entire Senate is expected to vote later this week.
https://theshaderoom.com/update-senate-committee-moves-forward-with-ketanji-brown-jacksons-supreme-court-nomination-after-procedural-vote/ (Update) Senate Committee Goes Forward With Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Nomination After Procedural Vote