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Senate confirmation vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson

Senator Dick Durbin speaks in the Senate on April 7. (Senate TV)

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin praised Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s qualification and the historic nature of her Supreme Court nomination during his remarks to the Senate ahead of the final vote.

“Judge Jackson’s confirmation will be a resounding achievement for America,” Durbin said.

Durbin then discussed American history of black slavery and limited women’s rights.

“Consider this moment in history. When the Supreme Court first met in this building in February 1801, there were one million slaves in this nation, a nation of five million people. This building itself was constructed with slave labor and at the time the court was convening, neither black Americans nor white women had the constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. that first chamber of the Supreme Court and black women only came in to clean it in the dark of night We know what followed America’s battle to end slavery saw a war bloody civil war and decades of efforts to break down racial barriers and the efforts continue today,” he said.

Durbin continued, “And our fight to emancipate and empower women didn’t end with the 19th Amendment over 102 years ago – it continues today, as we strive to give our daughters the same opportunities we give our sons.”

He went on to say, “This confirmation of the first black woman on the Supreme Court honors the history that came before it, it honors the struggles of the past, of the men and women who led them. And this confirmation draws ‘America one step closer, one step closer to the healing of the nation. One step closer to a more perfect union.


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