Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is still on track to be confirmed to the US Supreme Court following two votes on Monday (April 3).
After a full-day of convening and debate, the Senate Judiciary deadlocked 11-11 on whether to advance Jackson's nomination forward to the Senate Floor for a final vote. That's when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a second procedural vote to get the nomination out of committee and onto the Floor. Every Democrat and three Republicans –– Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska –– voted to support Jackson's nomination.
This is the first time in American history that a tie-breaking vote, known as a discharge petition had to be made to get a Supreme Court nomination out of the Judiciary Committee.
According to Senate math estimates, Judge Jackson is expected to be confirmed to the nation's highest by the end of the week, with a handful of Republicans publicly stating they would back her nomination on the Floor. If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court.