Democrats will hold votes and actions in the Senate on 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 on whether to move Jackson’s nomination to the full Senate. Democrats will then advance the nomination through the Senate 50-50, with a final vote in sight for the choice of President Joe Biden to replace outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer.
After more than 30 hours of hearings and grilling from Republicans about her record, Jackson is about to make history as the third black judge and only the sixth woman in the court’s more than 200-year history. Democrats, and at least one Republican, cite her in-depth experience in her nine years on federal court and the prospect of her becoming the court’s first former public defender.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Thursday that the high regard for Jackson after four days of combative hearings is “evidence of the strength he brings to this nomination and the value that she It will go to the Supreme Court.”
The committee could deadlock on Monday’s 11-11 vote, meaning Democrats will have to spend additional hours on the Senate floor to “release” their nomination from the committee. While it won’t delay the process for long, it is another blow to Democrats who had hoped to confirm Jackson with bipartisan support.
A deadlocked vote would be “a truly unfortunate sign of our confirmation process’ continued slide into dysfunction,” said Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat on the committee.
The commission has not deadlocked on a nomination since 1991, when a motion to send incumbent Justice Clarence Thomas’s nomination to the floor with a “favorable” recommendation failed on a 7-7 vote. The commission then voted to send the nomination to the floor without a recommendation, meaning it could still be put to a vote.
[Con información de The Associated Press]
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