The United States Senate on April 4 voted to bring Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination to the floor for a final confirmation vote after the Judiciary Committee deadlocked on advancing her earlier.
In a 53 to 47 vote, the Senate paved the way to advance Jackson’s nomination out of the Committee.
Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney joined all 50 Democrats in supporting Jackson.
Murkowski and Romney announced in separate statements that they will now support Jackson’s confirmation to the high court.
“My support rests on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to the court as a replacement for Justice [Stephen] Breyer,” Murkowski said.
On Twitter, Romney described Jackson as “a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor.”
“I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity,” Romney also said.
The support from the three Republican senators ensures that Jackson will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.
The final tally for Jackson’s confirmation vote is expected later in the week.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer aims to hold the final confirmation vote as early as April 7.
“Despite Republicans opposing her in committee and despite the procedural vote tonight, Judge Jackson ultimately has enough support to get confirmed on a bipartisan basis,” Schumer said.
Earlier in the day, the Judiciary Committee deadlocked on a party-line vote of 11 to 11.
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