Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson moves to Senate with some GOP support
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is expected to win U.S. Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Photo by Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is expected to win U.S. Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, after a majority of senators voted Monday evening to move her nomination out of a deadlocked committee.
The Senate voted 53-47 to move Jackson’s nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had split 11-11 on moving the nomination forward, report the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN. The articles described the Senate vote as procedural.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, a Democrat of Illinois, said he was disappointed in the split vote, according to the Washington Post.
“I thought that Judge Jackson was going to be the messenger of good news that the Senate Judiciary Committee was changing,” Durbin said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
Three Republicans who said they would support Jackson’s nomination joined Democrats in the procedural vote. The Republicans are Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.
Murkowski said in a statement Jackson has the qualifications, temperament and judicial independence for the job. Markowski also said her decision “rests on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year.”