Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, has been officially elevated to the Supreme Court by the United States (US) Senate, making her the first Black woman to attain such height. ayokinews.com reports
On Thursday, April 7, the Democratic-controlled Senate casted a vote of 53-47, with all fifty Democratic caucus members swaying in favor of Jackson, and were joined by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Mitt Romney of Utah.
The vote was presided upon by US Vice President Kamala Harris, who also happens to be the first Black woman in her position.
While the vote was being conducted, Jackson and President Joe Biden, watched together in the White House.
The successful vote means that Jackson will be resuming office at the end of the court’s current term which is likely around June or July —- when current Justice Stephen Breyer, is expected to step down.
“This is a wonderful day, a joyous day, an inspiring day for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and for the United States of America,” Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
“This is one of the great moments of American history,” he added.
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In past weeks, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., unsuccessfully fought to thwart Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“These days, the Senate takes an assertive role. In particular, most senators do not merely check résumés and basic legal qualifications but also look into judicial philosophy,” he said on Wednesday.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., had been heavily criticized by McConnell and other Republicans for not embracing “originalism”, a framework that interpret the Constitution with its original meaning, mostly popular in a conservative system.
Shortly before the vote commenced on Thursday, Sen. McConnell faulted Jackson for not denouncing “the insane concept of court packing” during her confirmation hearing at the Senate.
Jackson’s confirmation is a big win for President Joe Biden, whose ratings have in recent time fallen to 40%, according to a poll conducted by NBC News poll, amid inflation concerns and living conditions.
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