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Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation vote in Senate committee



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Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, left, during her meeting with Ketanji Brown Jackson, in Washington, D.C., on March 8.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, left, throughout her assembly with Ketanji Brown Jackson, in Washington, D.C., on March 8. (Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Photos)

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine will vote to confirm President Biden’s Supreme Courtroom nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, she mentioned in an announcement on March 30, the primary GOP senator to take action.

“After reviewing Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson’s in depth file, watching a lot of her listening to testimony, and assembly together with her twice in particular person, I’ve concluded that she possesses the expertise, {qualifications}, and integrity to function an Affiliate Justice on the Supreme Courtroom,” Collins mentioned in her assertion. “I’ll, due to this fact, vote to substantiate her to this place.”

She first told The New York Times of her resolution to assist Jackson earlier than releasing an announcement. Jackson’s affirmation had been just about assured following the announcement final month that average Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia would vote for her, however Collins’ assist means her affirmation will likely be bipartisan.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced on March 31 that he is not going to vote for Jackson, regardless of supporting her nomination to a earlier Senate-confirmed place final 12 months.

“I’ll oppose her and I’ll vote no,” Graham mentioned in a speech on the Senate flooring.

Graham, who’s a member of the Judiciary Committee, had been signaling he would seemingly vote towards the Supreme Courtroom nomination and directed extremely crucial questions at Jackson throughout her affirmation hearings earlier than the panel.

Final week, in asserting he would oppose the nomination, the senator mentioned, “My resolution is predicated upon her file of judicial activism, flawed sentencing methodology relating to baby pornography instances and a perception Decide Jackson is not going to be deterred by the plain that means of the legislation with regards to liberal causes.”

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri introduced on Sunday that he’ll oppose Jackson’s nomination.

“I feel she’s actually going to be confirmed,” he mentioned on ABC’s “This Week.” “I feel it will be a excessive level for the nation to see her go on the court docket and take her distinctive perspective to the court docket. However I do not suppose she’s the type of decide that can actually do the type of work that I feel must be finished by the court docket and I will not be supporting her however I will be becoming a member of others and understanding the significance of this second.”

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney informed reporters, final week that he doesn’t anticipate to disclose his resolution till the day of the affirmation vote.

“After I’ve decided as to what I’m going to do on this vote, you’ll see it, however that’s most likely not till the day of the vote itself,” he mentioned.

Following the assembly with Jackson, Romney mentioned in an announcement that they “had a wide-ranging dialogue about her expertise and {qualifications}.”

“She’s a really spectacular particular person. She’s clever, succesful, she’s a stunning particular person as nicely and I feel an excessive amount of her,” Romney later informed CNN. “However delving into variations on judicial philosophy and her method to the legislation is one thing that I’m going to maintain engaged on.”

When the Senate voted to confirm Jackson final 12 months to fill a emptiness on a robust DC-based appellate court docket, three Republican senators voted with Democrats in favor: Graham, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. In consequence, these three Republicans have been intently watched through the affirmation course of.