Senator Joe Manchin said Friday that he would support Supreme Court Justice Keith G. Brown Jackson, as his nomination is closer to confirmation.
“After meeting with him, considering his record, and carefully monitoring his testimony and questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have decided that I will go to the Supreme Court. I intend to vote on his nomination to serve, “Manchin, DW.VA, said in a statement Friday.
Manchin also said that “his extensive experience in various areas of our judicial system has provided Judge Jackson with a unique perspective that will serve him in our country’s highest court.” “During our meeting, she was warm and kind. At the top of her list of inspiring experiences, she has the temperament to be an extraordinary jurist.”
When will Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson be confirmed by the Supreme Court? The next steps in the Senate process
Democrats were expected to remain united behind Jackson, whom President Biden chose to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who retired in February. But Manchin has been the key to stopping several of Biden’s nominees for key positions since last year and is therefore not considered as much of a supporter of Jackson as other rank and file Democrat senators. Manchin recently blocked the confirmation of a former Federal Reserve Vice Chair for caretaker nominee Sarah Bloom Raskin.
Other Democrats in the Senate, who are either moderate or ready for re-election this year, have not yet formally backed Jackson. Sens in them. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., And Jon Tester, D-Mont. Including, but no real indication that the designated GOP attacks are having any effect on these Democrats.
Jackson is currently in the process of confirming sometime in early April.
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Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson arrived at Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 for a hearing of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson arrived at Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 for a hearing of his Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnack)
Judicial Committee Chairman Dick Durban, DL in early April 4.
Democrats are expected to move as soon as possible to confirm Jackson, given the number of variants in the 50-50 Senate, including the possibility that a senator may have a health problem. , Including COVID-19. The Senate does not allow remote voting.
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In this case, the GOP united the opposition against Jackson on the committee – which is divided 11-11 in the evenly divided chamber – Senate Democrats can still bring his nomination to the floor through a process that This is called discharge motion. Majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, could present the motion the day after the tie committee vote, and immediately after, when the Senate can proceed with the nomination.
With the expectation of GOP Filebuster, the final confirmation could be on Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8, although this timetable may slip to the end of next week or next week for various reasons.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during the confirmation hearing of his Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)
And it could be further delayed if a Democrat has COVID-19 or is forced to abstain from the Senate for some other reason.
With all 50 Democrats in the Senate backing Jackson, they can confirm the nomination despite a united GOP opposition with Vice President Harris’ tie-breaking vote.
Republicans raised a number of concerns about Jackson during its confirmation hearings, including the alleged lenient sentences he gave to juvenile offenders during his time in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also attacked Jackson for allegedly being lenient with the fentanyl dealer and failing to elaborate on his judicial philosophy.
Democrats, however, praised Jackson’s performance globally in the two-day marathon hearings and criticized Republicans for his treatment of the nominee.
St. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “It’s a movement for all of us, for our families, for those of us who have daughters, and for grandchildren, both white and black,” Jackson said of Wednesday. “It will be confirmed. She will be the star of the Supreme Court, and I will, for one, be proud to vote for her.”