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The Senate voted 53 to 47 on Monday to move forward with a confirmation vote for President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was deadlocked 11-11 along party lines, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., made a procedural decision to rescind his nomination from the committee with the vote of Monday.
The senses. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., were the only three Republicans to vote for Jackson.
“After reviewing the record and Judge Jackson’s testimony, I have concluded that she is a qualified jurist and a person of honor,” Sen. Romney said in a statement minutes before Monday’s vote. “While I don’t expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe she largely meets the standards of excellence and integrity.”
Senator Murkowski criticized the “corrosive politicization of the Supreme Court nominee review process” as she announced her support for Jackson.
“My support is based on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to the court as a replacement for Judge Breyer,” said Senator Murkowski.
Collins, Murkowski and Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., were the only Republicans to vote for Jackson when she was confirmed as an appeals court judge last year, but Graham said he could not not support his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson
Biden nominated Jackson to the Supreme Court in February after vowing to appoint the first black woman to the High Court during his campaign.
Republicans grilled Jackson for 30 hours of hearings last month over sentencing she handed down offenders, particularly in child pornography cases.
“Having carefully studied her case, unfortunately, I think she and I have fundamentally different views on the role judges should play in our system of government,” the Senate Judiciary Committee’s senior Republican said Monday. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “Because of these disagreements, I cannot support his nomination.”
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The full Senate will begin debating Jackson’s nomination on Tuesday before a confirmation vote later in the week.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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