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Senate overcomes GOP hurdle to advance Jackson

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had to move to overturn the nomination due to an 11-11 tie on the judicial panel, which toed party lines. He said the procedural vote should be “totally unnecessary”, but added that it would not change the outcome. Democratic leaders are aiming to confirm that Jackson will become the first black female Supreme Court justice by the end of the week.

“There is no doubt, no doubt that Judge Jackson deserves a strong bipartisan vote in committee,” Schumer said. “We shouldn’t have to take this step, but we’re moving fast nonetheless. Despite Republicans opposing her in committee and despite tonight’s procedural vote, Judge Jackson finally has enough support to be confirmed on a bipartisan basis.

Despite Monday night’s evenly divided panel vote, President Joe Biden’s White House saw Jackson’s bipartisan margin of support grow, with Murkowski and Romney announcing Monday night that they would back his candidacy. Collins had previously announced that she would support Jackson. Biden had personally called the three senators about the Supreme Court vacancy, after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.

In their statements of support, both Republican senators highlighted Jackson’s credentials. Romney said Jackson “more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity.” Murkowski, meanwhile, added that her support “is based on my rejection of the caustic politicization of the Supreme Court nominee review process.”

Murkowski and Collins had supported Jackson’s nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, while Romney had previously voted against it. But Romney had indicated that his review of his Supreme Court nomination would be different.

The timing of Monday’s Judiciary Committee vote came later than expected after panel member Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California) faced a flight delay. But the vote count was all but sealed, after the senses. Thom Tillis (RN.C.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) announced they would vote against Jackson ahead of the hearing. Democrats had privately hoped those two senators would consider supporting Jackson or abstaining, given their relatively friendly questioning style during his confirmation hearings.

Senate Republicans in their opposition cited Jackson’s decision not to comment on the addition of Supreme Court seats as well as his conviction record for child pornography cases. (Jackson’s defenders are quick to note that his sentencing record is consistent with the vast majority of federal justices appointed by Democrats and Republicans, and that conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett said the size of the Supreme Court is a “question left open to Congress.””) GOP senators have also raised concerns about her judicial philosophy, as well as her portrayal of Guantanamo Bay detainees while she served as a public defender.

In his statement Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the committee’s top Republican, said he and Jackson have “fundamentally different views on the role judges should play in our system of government.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who backed Jackson’s nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last year, said she would be the first Supreme Court nominee which he would oppose.

“This choice of Judge Jackson was really embraced by the most radical people in the Democratic movement, to the exclusion of everyone else,” Graham said. “If we get the Senate back and we are in charge of that body and there are legal openings, we will talk to our colleagues on the other side, but if we were in charge, she would not be before the committee. .”

Despite GOP opposition on the committee, Jackson appears to be on track to replace retired Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. With the support of three Senate Republicans, Democrats now have a significant cushion in case of absences this week.

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