Senate begins voting Monday on Jackson’s Supreme Court bid
The Senate Judiciary Committee kicks off the action at 10 a.m., with its 22 members debating Jackson’s credentials and qualifications to serve on the nation’s highest court. Jackson, 51, was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit less than a year ago after nearly a decade as a federal trial court judge in Washington.
The Judiciary Committee — which, like the entire Senate, is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans — is almost certain to end up in an 11-11 deadlock over his nomination. That will force Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) to table a measure on the Senate floor releasing Jackson’s nomination from the committee, a vote expected to take place Monday evening. His last confirmation vote in the Senate would take place on Thursday or Friday.
As the Senate heads into the final week of Jackson’s confirmation battle, the last-minute deliberations of a handful of GOP senators are being watched closely to see if his support will grow beyond a Republican.
Although Romney opposed elevating Jackson to the federal appeals court last year, he stressed that he is entering this confirmation round with an open mind and is being courted heavily by supporters. of the judge.
With Collins’ support, Jackson should get at least 51 votes in the equally divided Senate, which means Vice President Harris won’t have to break the tie.
“What I do know is that she will get enough votes to be confirmed. At the end of the day, I guess that’s the only thing that matters,” said Ron Klain, the House chief of staff. Blanche, on ABC’s “This Week,” “But I wish more Republicans would look into the matter here, look at the case, and vote to confirm Judge Jackson.”
If Jackson is confirmed as expected, her rise to the Supreme Court will likely be a key part of President Biden’s legacy, in large part because he would install the first black woman on the court in more than two centuries of existence.
The confirmation battle shows just how more partisan Supreme Court appointments have become in recent decades. The late Justice Antonin Scalia, nominated by President Ronald Reagan, was confirmed 98 to 0 in 1986. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, was confirmed 96 to 3 in 1993.
These days, any Supreme Court confirmation vote is almost certain to fall largely along partisan lines, reflecting the growing polarization of the country — and the Senate.
Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) — a Republican whom Democrats had considered a long-term “yes” vote, in part because he is retiring and need not fear political consequences — announced Sunday that he would oppose its confirmation.
Blunt applauded her historic appointment and said she was “certainly qualified” to serve in the field. But he cited Jackson’s judicial philosophy to explain his opposition, suggesting that she did not adhere to the strict terms of the Constitution.
His “judicial philosophy seems to be not to look at what the law and the Constitution says and apply it, but to go through a method that allows you to try to see the Constitution as a more flexible document, and even the law , and there are cases that show that’s his view,” Blunt said, also on “This Week.”