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Senate to vote on Biden’s Supreme Court pick

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson listens to US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speak on day three of the US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on his nomination to the United States Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA United, March 23, 2022.

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Senate Democrats are rushing to a final vote as early as Thursday afternoon to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on America’s top court.

The Senate is set to hold a procedural vote to advance President Joe Biden’s top Supreme Court nominee around 11 a.m. ET.

If passed, he would hold a vote as early as 1:45 p.m. ET to elevate Jackson to the Supreme Court.

“It’s going to be a joyful day,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said in the Senate Wednesday night.

Schumer was aiming to confirm Jackson, a 51-year-old federal judge, to the High Court by the end of the week, before the senators left town for a two-week recess. After Jackson emerged from his grueling confirmation hearings relatively unscathed and won the support of three Republican senators, the Senate is now poised to wrap up its historic nomination process ahead of schedule.

Jackson had a path to the high court even though no Republicans supported her. His confirmation only requires a simple majority in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between the Democratic caucus and the Republicans.

If the Senate were deadlocked over Jackson’s confirmation, Vice President Kamala Harris would be able to cast the deciding vote.

But Jackson is set to cross the finish line in a bipartisan vote, as three centrist Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah – have vowed to vote for her.

“While I don’t expect to agree with every decision she might make on the Court, I believe she meets more than the standard of excellence and integrity,” Romney said in announcing his support on Monday.

Jackson is set to replace retired judge Stephen Breyer, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. His confirmation will keep the liberal wing of the court, which is leaning 6-3 to the conservatives after the nomination of three of former President Donald Trump’s picks.

Jackson’s supporters said she would bring needed perspective, both as the first black woman and the first former public defender to serve on America’s top court.


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