Biden Supreme Court Nominee Advances to Full Senate Vote Later This Week

VOA FILE – Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks during her confirmation hearing in Washington, March 21, 2022.

Washington — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson advanced one step closer to serving on the U.S. Supreme Court with a key U.S. Senate committee Monday advancing her nomination for a full floor vote later this week.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the highest court in the country also won the support of two more Republicans Monday, as Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney announced they plan to vote to confirm Jackson. Republican Senator Susan Collins said last week she would support Jackson.

Their votes, along with those of the 48 Democrats and two independents in the Senate, would be more than enough to confirm Jackson and make her the first African American female Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.

Senate Democrats praised Jackson’s breadth of experience ahead of the vote on her nomination, calling her one of the most qualified nominees in the history of the Supreme Court.

“Justice Jackson will bring to the Supreme Court, the highest level of skill, integrity, civility and grace,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said Monday. “She has impeccable qualifications. We don’t agree on much in the Senate but not one senator on this committee has questioned that she is well qualified.”

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