President Joe Biden finally nominated federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 25. She is expected to begin the first round of meetings with the Senate on Wednesday.
According to Politico, Jackson will hold one-on-one meetings with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Mich.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-Mich.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
“Judge Jackson went to work immediately, doing prep on Saturday and Sunday, and she’s looking forward to her first meetings with senators of both parties,” the White House spokesman told Politico.
While it is believed that almost no Republicans will vote for the nominee, Democrats are aiming for a quick, bipartisan confirmation process for the first black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and expect it to be before Easter recess, which begins on April 9.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham voted with all members of the Democratic caucus to confirm Jackson to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last year.
But after the court nomination, the senator expressed his displeasure with Biden not picking South Carolina District Judge J. Michelle Childs, whom he was supporting, but instead moving too far left with his choice.
Graham wrote on Twitter, “If media reports are accurate, and Judge Jackson has been chosen as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Breyer, it means the radical Left has won President Biden over yet again. The attacks by the Left on Judge Childs from South Carolina apparently worked.”
However, Democrats would not need the help of Republicans for confirmation and would only require their 50 votes to win, as Vice President Kamala Harris would be the decider in the face of a tie.
Justice Jackson will replace liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement after nearly three decades on the court, on Jan. 27, 2022.
Biden praised her record during the nomination, saying, “Not only did she learn about being a judge from Justice Breyer himself, but she saw the great rigor with which Justice Breyer approached his work.
“She learned from his willingness to work with colleagues with different viewpoints. Now years later, she steps up to fill Justice Breyer’s place in the court with a uniquely accomplished and wide ranging background.”
With Judge Jackon’s confirmation, the conservative majority ideological line will not change on the Supreme Court, as she will replace another liberal justice, leaving the same 6-3 composition. For this reason, the conservative position will prevail on issues such as abortion and gun control.