Senate Aligns To Likely Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson To Supreme Court


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The Senate is poised to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court this week. A final vote on her historic nomination was scheduled for Thursday afternoon (April 7).

Jackson's confirmation is highly likely as 53 senators supported her in a procedural vote earlier this week after the Judiciary Committee deadlocked 11-11 on moving her nomination out of committee and onto the chamber floor. Three Republicans –– Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah –– broke party lines in a show of some bipartisan support in the discharge petition vote, which, by the way, was the first time a Supreme Court nomination required an additional vote to get the confirmation back on track.

"The United States Senate, happily, wonderfully, is on the brink of completing one of the most important responsibilities entrusted to it under the Constitution: consenting to the president's nominee for the US Supreme Court," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said prior to announcing Thursday's vote. "And I said, happily and wonderfully, it will be the first African American woman to ever serve on that august body."

If confirmed, Jackson will be set to take office this summer at the end of the Court's current term, after Justice Stephen Breyer officially retires.

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