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Senate set to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court on Thursday

Thursday’s procedural vote to limit debate and break up a filibuster only requires a simple majority threshold and is expected to pass. It is expected to take place around 11 a.m. ET.

A final confirmation vote, which also only requires a simple majority to pass, is expected to take place in the afternoon, around 1:45 p.m. ET.

Jackson is on track to be confirmed and will go down in history as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. His confirmation will not change the ideological balance of the court, but will represent a major victory for Democrats and a way for the president to deliver on an important campaign promise.

The 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus are united behind the nomination and three Republicans – the senses. Maine’s Susan Collins, Utah’s Mitt Romney and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski – also announced their support.

“We are on track to confirm Justice Jackson to the Supreme Court with a bipartisan vote, adding that to the list of accomplishments,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this week.

“I can’t think of a better way to conclude this productive, broadly bipartisan period of work than by confirming this historic Supreme Court nominee,” he added.

After Thursday’s procedural vote, up to 30 hours of additional debate time is allocated for the nomination. But this time can be returned.

Schumer had said earlier in the week that the final vote could take place as early as Thursday. A two-week break is to begin at the end of the week.

“The stage is set,” the New York Democrat said this week. “People can delay in terms of time, but they can’t delay the vote and we know the vote will pass.”


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