The Senate could confirm President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee without a single Republican vote, but Mr Biden and the Democrats want to avoid that outcome if possible – and the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has garnered some GOP support in the past.
Even before Judge Jackson was selected, the president and Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and chair of the Judiciary Committee, began reaching out to Republicans they deemed Republicans. is likely willing to support a Biden candidate, including Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt. Romney of Utah.
Democrats say bipartisan support for the nominee helps build her and the court’s credibility. They also hope that some Republicans will welcome the opportunity to support the first Black woman to join the Supreme Court and be willing to put aside any ideological differences if they think she is. qualified nomination for the job.
As long as all 50 Democrats support the candidate, backing from at least one Republican will avoid the sight of Vice President Kamala Harris having to tear the tie apart to deliver justice. new, which will be the first in the history of the Supreme Court’s confirmation.
But the chances of a significant bipartisan vote appear slim.
Collins, along with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, were the only Republicans to vote for Judge Jackson when she was confirmed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Jackson. with the District of Columbia last June.
While other Republicans can still decide to support her for the Supreme Court, it would be unusual for a senator who opposes a candidate for a lower court to later support her. she gave a higher judicial position.
And on Friday, Mr. Graham, who pressed Mr. Biden to choose South Carolina Judge J. Michelle Childs for the vacancy, cast significant doubt on Judge Jackson’s willingness to support the confirmation.
Senators Murkowski and Collins have both expressed goodwill in support of the judicial nominations of Democratic presidents, and Ms. Murkowski has a new political incentive to do so. She is seeking re-election in Alaska under a new electoral system and could benefit from the support of independents and Democrats who support Biden’s choice.
Ms. Collins released a statement on Friday in which she commended Judge Jackson’s qualifications and suggested she was undecided on how to vote.
“Ketanji Brown Jackson is an experienced federal judge with impressive legal and academic credentials.” Ms. Collins said. “I will conduct a thorough review of Judge Jackson’s nomination and look forward to her public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and her meeting in my office.”
In an effort to regain their support, Democrats have told senators they will provide the requested documents and hold meetings with the nominee so they can have whatever they need to come to a decision.
Sitting on court without the support of any senator from across the aisle wouldn’t be the first. Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in October 2020 without a Democratic vote following her nomination by President Donald J. Trump.
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