WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled Senate is set to make history Thursday by confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
She is virtually guaranteed to win confirmation, with 53 senators indicating their support in a procedural vote this week. The total included all 50 voting Democratic senators, as well as Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
“The United States Senate, fortunately, wonderfully, is about to perform one of the most important responsibilities entrusted to it under the Constitution: to consent to the appointment of the President to the Supreme Court of the United States. United,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. ., said before announcing plans for a vote on Thursday afternoon. “And as I said, fortunately and wonderfully, she will be the first African-American woman to serve on this august body.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has tried unsuccessfully to scuttle Jackson’s nomination in recent weeks.
“Nowadays, the Senate plays an assertive role. In particular, most senators not only check resumes and basic legal qualifications, but also look into judicial philosophy,” he said. said Wednesday.
McConnell and other Republicans criticized Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., for failing to embrace “originality,” a framework of narrow constitutional interpretation popular in legal and conservative circles. activists. Some have also accused her of handing down lenient sentences in child exploitation cases when she was a trial judge.
Romney dismissed those concerns, saying Jackson’s judicial approach is “mainstream,” even though he doesn’t expect to agree with all of his decisions.
“He is also a highly skilled, intelligent and capable person,” he said in an interview. “And I wish him the best.”
If confirmed, Jackson is expected to take office this summer, at the end of the court’s current term, following the official departure of Judge Stephen Breyer.
Frank Thorp V and Garrett Haake contributed.