The judge Ketanji Brown Jackson moved a step closer to serving on the US Supreme Court after a key US Senate committee on Monday advanced his nomination for a plenary vote later this week.
US President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the country’s Supreme Court is expected to be approved by the Senate, closely controlled by Democrats, which would make her the first African-American Supreme Court justice in US history. country.
Senate Democrats praised Jackson’s extensive experience ahead of the vote on her nomination, calling her one of the most qualified candidates in Supreme Court history.
“Justice Jackson will bring to the Supreme Court the highest level of ability, integrity, civility and grace,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said Monday. “She has impeccable grades. We don’t agree on much in the Senate, but no senator on this committee has questioned that she is well qualified.”
Jackson, 51, has served as a judge for nearly a decade and has clerk experience at all levels of the federal system, including the United States Supreme Court, where she clerked for Stephen Breyer, whom she is called to replace.
“These critical experiences provide a perspective that the Court lacks,” Durbin said. “It is really unfortunate that some are trying to use it as reasons to vote against it. These baseless attacks are belied by the broad support for Justice Jackson’s nomination across the political spectrum.”
Jackson received no Republican votes in an 11-11 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Democrats were still able to advance their vote to the floor using Senate procedures.
Was widespread criticism from Republicans to Jackson for some of his previous sentences, considered lax in some cases. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who previously voted for Biden’s judicial nominees, said Monday, “I’m inclined to vote for the justices on the other side, but this pick by Justice Jackson was really embraced by the most radical people in the Democratic movement.” ”.
The Senate is expected to begin debate and take a final vote on his nomination before leaving for the Easter break later this week.
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