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.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.
The treatment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson by most Republican senators is beyond shameful.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 4, 2022
But Judge Jackson emerged victorious amid Republican grandstanding.
The sweetest thing about today is that Republicans like Graham, Cruz, Blackburn, and Cotton threw every racist dog whistle and lie they had and in a few hours she will still be Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Only wins and losses count. This is a win for the good guys.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) April 7, 2022
“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.”
Black law deans say the expected confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to #SCOTUS could prompt a greater number of diverse students — particularly Black women — to pursue a law degree.
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) April 7, 2022
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.
I intend to vote in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. My statement: pic.twitter.com/uGaxx8sJn5
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 4, 2022
Judge Jackson won’t take the bench until the summer, however, when her former boss, Justice Stephen Breyer, steps down.
Good morning and Happy Thursday to everyone who is excited to see Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson get confirmed for the Supreme Court by the Senate today.
She is highly deserving.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 7, 2022