President Biden’s Nominated by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court immediately asking the Senate to closely monitor her records and initiate a well-established political and ideological verification process as well as criminal and professional résumés. .
With the identity of Mr. Biden’s choice now known, Senate Democrats and Republicans and their allied interest groups will begin bringing competing cases against Judge Jackson in the hope that Mr. hoped to quickly establish her portrait in the public mind.
Democrats have set their sights on winning Senate confirmation by early April, with plans to convene Judiciary Committee hearings by the end of March.
Leading Democrats have said they want the Senate to vote on Judge Jackson on April 8, before a two-week recess. The fact that she underwent Senate review for her position on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit less than a year ago will enhance her chances of sticking to that timeline.
But conflict in Ukraine and Washington’s focus on it could upset her plans and slow her deliberations.
First entry: Meetings with senators
The Senate process will begin in earnest next week when Judge Jackson arrives at the Capitol for a courtesy meeting with Senate leaders and top members of the Judiciary Committee, as well as senators. another that the White House considers crucial to the confirmation of victory.
The meetings are mostly informal, informal get-togethers, although some legislators use the caucuses as an opportunity to try to drill into the nominee’s point of view. They can also create some problems, as happened in 2017 when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, then President Donald J. Trump’s first senior court candidate, raised the issue. with Mr. Trump’s criticism of the federal judiciary during a meeting with a Democratic senator, made the chairman.
Along with the Capitol Hill meetings, the nominee and her support team will need to answer an in-depth questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee that seeks to create a complete profile on topics such as: speeches, articles and past incidents.
Then: ‘Murder Council’ and a committee vote
At some point in the coming weeks, the nominee will also participate in mock hearings known as murder panels to practice responses to the kind of grill expected from Republicans. In recent confirmation hearings, nominees generally avoided giving substantive answers on most key issues and spoke in more general terms about their positions on the court and the Constitution. France.
With a 50-50 split in the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, headed by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, is split evenly, with 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans. peace. If no Republicans on the panel vote to put the nomination on the floor, Democrats will have to take extra steps to force it out of the committee.
While Justice Amy Coney Barrett is raced through confirmation hearings and goes to court just before the 2020 presidential election, the time from nomination to the start of public hearings is typically approx. 45 days. With the way Republicans passed Justice Barrett’s confirmation, Democrats are trying to shorten the process while avoiding criticism for moving too quickly.
Finally: Controversial Senate hearings and a final vote
As of her approval last year, Judge Jackson had previously been confirmed by the Senate three times – once for the appeals court seat, once for the Federal District Court seat in 2013 and also in 2010 to head the federal sentencing committee. The Senate voted on roll-call only on the appellate court post and she was confirmed June 53-44 last year.
But the consideration of a Supreme Court nominee is in itself a kind, and previous results are no guarantee that she can receive the same level of support.
Although the confirmation wars have been intense lately, Republicans in the Senate led by Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, have so far largely kept the fire going. That’s partly because justice is do not expect to change the ideological makeup of the imperial court. Republicans also recognize the political risks of taking too harsh a stance on the first black woman to be nominated to the high court, although some have criticized Mr. His search by race and gender.
In Kentucky this week, Mr. McConnell said he had no trouble with Mr. Biden’s decision to commit to choosing a black woman. He also said that he expected that the nominee “will be respectfully considered with a process that I think you can be proud of.”
However, some Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have previously objected to Judge Jackson’s record and views and will likely do so again in the high-profile context of a confirmation hearing. received by the Supreme Court. Some of the Republicans on the panel are considered potential 2024 presidential candidates and will want voters to see them vigorously challenge Mr. Biden’s candidacy.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/us/politics/democrats-biden-supreme-court-nominee.html Democratic Party Targets Supreme Court Confirmation in April