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Senate Set to Make History on Thursday By Confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Senate Set to Make History on Thursday By Confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

The Senate is poised to vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, paving the way for Judge Jackson to become the first Black woman in history to sit on the nation’s highest court.

It’s still unclear whether President Joe Biden will make an appearance following the afternoon vote, which is expected to be called around 1:45 p.m., or whether Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, will preside over the chamber for the historic occasion.

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Judge Jackson endured nearly 24 hours of questioning from senators during often contentious and emotional hearings. Several Republicans assailed the former federal judge with accusations that she’s a liberal activist and “soft on crime”– taking issue with nine child pornography sentences she handed down, criticizing her legal work for Guantanamo Bay detainees, and questioning support she received from progressive groups.

But Judge Jackson emerged victorious amid Republican grandstanding.


“It will be a joyous day. Joyous for the Senate, joyous for the Supreme Court, joyous for America,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Wednesday evening. “America tomorrow will take a giant step to becoming a perfect union.”

While Democrats have the votes to confirm President Biden’s nominee on their own, three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney — will break ranks from the GOP to join them, marking a solid, bipartisan win for the Biden White House in a hyper-partisan Washington. Donald Trump’s last nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, received no votes from Democrats.

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Judge Jackson won’t take the bench until the summer, however, when her former boss, Justice Stephen Breyer, steps down.

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