Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine Will vote to confirm President Biden’s Supreme Court Candidate Ketanji Brown JacksonShe said in a statement on March 30, being the first GOP senator to do so.
“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, viewing her multiple hearings, and meeting her in person twice, I have concluded that she has the experience, qualifications, and integrity of her case. on duty to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” Collins said in his statement. “Therefore, I will vote to confirm her for the position.”
Her first told The New York Times about her decision to support Jackson before releasing a statement. Jackson’s confirmation was mostly assured following the announcement last month that moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia will vote for herbut Collins’ support means her endorsement will be bipartisan.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced on March 31 that he would not vote for Jacksondespite supporting her nomination to an earlier position that was confirmed by the Senate last year.
“I will oppose her and I will vote no,” Graham said in a speech on the Senate floor.
Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, has signaled he will likely vote against the Supreme Court nomination and raised highly critical questions of Jackson during confirmation hearings. her admission before the board.
Last week, when announcing he would oppose the nomination, the senator said, “My decision is based on her judicial record, her flawed sentencing approach in relation to child pornography cases. and trust that Judge Jackson will not be hindered by the clear meaning of the law when it comes to libertarian causes.”
GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri announced Sunday that he would oppose Jackson’s nomination.
“I think she’s definitely going to be confirmed,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think it’s going to be a great point for the country to see her go to court and give her unique point of view in court. But I don’t think she’s the type of judge that will really do the job like me. I think it needs to be done by the court and I won’t support her but I will join the others and understand the importance of this moment.”
Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters, last week that he did not expect to reveal his decision until the day of the confirmation vote.
“Once I make a decision on what I’m going to do on this vote, you’ll see it, but that probably has to be the day of the vote,” he said.
After meeting with Jackson, Romney said in a statement that they “had an extensive discussion about her experience and qualifications.”
“She is a very impressive person. She’s smart, she’s capable, she’s also a lovely person, and I think a lot about her,” Romney later told CNN. “But delving deeper into her differences in judicial philosophy and approach to law is something I will continue to work on.”
When the Senate voted confirm Last year, Jackson to fill a vacancy on a powerful DC-based appeals court, three Republican senators voted in favor of the Democratic Party: Graham, Collins, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. As a result, three Republicans were closely watched during the confirmation process.