Republican Senate. Susan Collins has said she will vote to join Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the U.S. Supreme Court, giving bipartisan support to President Joe Biden’s first candidate for the Supreme Court.
Jackson is now the first black woman to serve as a Supreme Court judge.
“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s detailed record and meeting most of his trial testimony, and having met him twice in person, I concluded that he had the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an associate judge on the Supreme Court.” Collins said in a statement Wednesday.
“So, I’m going to vote to get her to this point,” said a centrist senator from Maine.
After emerging from A difficult week of confirmation hearings With some flaws, the 51-year-old federal judge was expected to be confirmed There are no Republicans in the equally divided Senate Voted for her.
But Collins’ announcement, along with it The Senate expects consensus support from DemocratsVice President Kamala Harris may have eliminated the need for a tie-breaking vote to confirm Jackson.
The other two moderate Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, have not yet announced how they plan to vote on Jackson’s candidacy.
Collins first shared his decision in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday evening after meeting the senator to meet with each other at Capitol Hill.
The senator’s statement on Wednesday morning said the two “discussed in depth many of the issues raised in his investigation” and that they did not always agree.
“I have no doubt that if Judge Jackson is confirmed, I will not accept every vote he makes as a judge,” Collins said. “However, that alone is not unworthy.”
The senator’s statement said the confirmation process, which has emerged in the last few Supreme Court recommendations, was “broken.”
Under the Constitution, Collins emphasized that the role of the Senate in Supreme Court affirmations was “to examine a candidate’s experience, qualifications, and integrity. Rule as a personal senator would like. “
“This approach served the Senate, the judiciary and the country well. It instilled confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary and helped keep the judiciary above political contention,” he said. “I plan to continue to use this approach to Supreme Court recommendations because it goes against the confusing tendency to politicize the judicial appointment process.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Collins broke with GOP leaders, including one who said he would vote against Jackson’s confirmation last week.
Collins Previously cut against his party When he opposed then-President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court candidate, Amy Connie Barrett. The senator cited the emergency confirmation that came just days before the 2020 presidential election.
Sen. from Murkowski and South Carolina. Along with Lindsay Graham, the Maine senator was one of three Republicans who voted to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Jackson Columbia Circuit District last year. However, as a Supreme Court candidate, Jackson lost the support of Graham.
The Senate Judiciary Committee aims to vote on Jackson’s candidacy on April 4. If it passes, the appointment will move to a final vote in the full Senate, which is expected to be planned later by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Than April 8th.
Last week, Jackson spent two days in front of a judicial panel at public hearings asking tough questions that often grew tense and emotional.
During those two sessions, Jackson spent more than 20 hours asking dozens of questions from Republicans, who roasted him throughout his judicial career and drew attention to airing a laundry list of conservative social issues.
The group’s Democrats praised Jackson and often jumped to his defense against criticism from Republicans.
“Lifelong social media lover. Falls down a lot. Creator. Devoted food aficionado. Explorer. Typical troublemaker.”