What's Next for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court Nomination?
Do you support or oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination?
What’s the story?
- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday wrapped up its confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for the committee to send the nomination to the full Senate in the coming weeks.
- The next step in the process for Jackson’s nomination is set to occur Monday, March 28th, although it’s mostly a procedural step. After the Senate Judiciary Committee concludes its hearings on a nomination, it traditionally “holds over” the nomination for one week before voting to advance the nomination to the Senate floor. The hold-over period allows senators to continue one-on-one meetings with the nominee, who can respond in person and in writing to any outstanding questions.
- Monday’s hearing will mark the beginning of the hold-over period which would end on April 4th ― the next time the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up the nomination. The April 4th hearing is expected to be when the committee votes on advancing Jackson’s nomination to the full Senate.
- It’s possible that the committee, which is evenly divided with 11 senators from either party given the full Senate’s 50-50 split, will deadlock along party-lines. In the event of a tie vote, the committee could still choose to allow the nomination to advance to the Senate floor, perhaps with a neutral recommendation, or the full Senate can move to discharge the nomination from the committee.
- The Senate rules for a motion to discharge require four hours of debate equally divided between the two sides, which would be followed by a vote that requires a simple majority to pull the nomination out of the committee and bring it to the floor. Vice President Kamala Harris could then, if necessary, break a tie vote on the floor to allow the Senate to consider the nomination. Once the nomination is discharged, it can be debated on the floor with the same procedures as other nominations.
- After the discharge vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would file a cloture motion to limit debate that would have to “ripen” for one full day before a vote to “invoke cloture” occurs. Once cloture is invoked, the Senate would debate the nomination for up to 30 hours unless time is yielded back by either side. So for example, if the motion is filed on a Monday, the cloture vote could occur Wednesday and a confirmation vote could follow on Thursday or Friday depending on when the votes occur or if time is yielded back.
- Democrats have indicated that they hope to confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court before the chamber begins a two-week recess on April 11th.
- Senate Judiciary Committee Concludes Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (3/24/22)
- Watch & Comment: Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (Day 3) (3/23/22)
- Watch & Comment: Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (Day 2) (3/22/22)
- President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court (2/25/22)
- Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement (1/27/22)
- Know a Nominee: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (6/14/21)
— Eric Revell
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Judge Jackson is an incredibly qualified candidate and should be approved without hesitation. Compared to everyone else on that bench, her qualifications are stellar!
Mitch, you call Jackson’s rulings on child porn cases radical, but her approach to sentencing is solidly in the mainstream of federal district judges. Shame on you for a ridiculous excuse to not vote for confirmation. Vote you out.
She needs to be approved as the next sitting judge. She has outstanding qualifications!
If she doesn't know what a woman is she cannot be a member of the highest court in the land.
I support this nominee.
This person make the recent Republicans candidates look terrible in all aspects! Get her voted in !
Activist judges are an abuse of the balance of power. We should never legislate via creative interpretation of a law. Laws should be enforced as written and changes or abolished by our legislative branch - it’s their job. If she’s already playing games with refusing to define a woman, you know she’s just itching to get in on arguments like what is “is” ( from Bill Clinton ) or why not habe 64 genders or crap like that. No way should she be supported for SCOTUS!!
Absolutely support her.
Confirmation. Heard on the radio–50 Democratic votes are locked. Hope so. 30 March 6:50pm This just appeared in my Notifications: From Reuters News: Collins becomes first Republican to back U.S. Supreme Court pick Jackson Senator Susan Collins on Wednesday became the first Republican to declare support for President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, further boosting her prospects of becoming the first Black woman to serve on the top U.S. judicial body.
When Lindsay Graham snd Ted Cruz were berating Jackson for following the laws, sentencing parameters, and the rules for public defenders, that they, along with everyone else in the House and Senate created, s good sound bitchslap was in order.
We must set aside divisive political partisanship and rise above the gratuitous, ugly, distorted and self-promoting questioning by some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing to become the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson proved herself during the hearing to be well qualified with her calm, thoughtful and intelligent responses to questioning, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is extremely well qualified and has the support and endorsement of a very long list of individuals and organizations including American Bar Association, Attorney Generals and former Attorney Generals, highly regarded Conservatives, judges and legal scholars across the political spectrum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, and other top law-enforcement officials. Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Judge Jackson is eminently qualified to be on the Supreme Court. She has handled herself with grace and dignity throughout all the political grandstanding of the Republicans who are positioning themselves for a run at the Presidency. She has garnered bipartisan support in prior confirmation hearings and I hope that she will receive votes from Republican Senators again. I would hope that those such as our Senator Toomey who is not seeking re-election will finally have the courage to put this country before their party and vote yes on Judge Jackson. She is qualified. She will serve the Court and this Country well.
Brown is clearly qualified. Some Republicans are just trying to break the nomination system by opposing every reasonable initiative from Democrats. Don’t give people another reason to give up on government.
Just because she's black and went to Harvard does not automatically qualify her for a life-long seat on the Supreme Court. The hearings exposed she's soft on serious crime. I oppose.
I not only support Judge Jackson’s appointment, I also advocate the judge Thomas be removed from that bench permanently since his wife participated in a riot and conspiracy to interfere with the certification of the 2020 general election and attack on the legislative branch of government. His opinions and motives have been comprised and his inability to recuse himself undermines the impartiality of the court.
I feel better about this nominee than I have in one in a while.
No way in hell should this pedophile supporter be nominated!
Just ignore the fascist republicans and confirm her
I believe Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was a true example of grace under pressure. I’ve never had to deal with what she had to deal. But, I’ve been in meetings with men and women who’ve tested my patience. I will admit I wasn’t as calm as she was. I don’t think I ever took a deep breath or sighed. Judge Jackson is highly qualified for the position on the Supreme Court. It’s unfortunate that the GOP senators sought to put themselves in such positions as they did. As Senator Sasse said jackassery for a few sound bites so they can run to FOX news and have their egos stroke. I would say weak and pathetic egos. Please be sure to convince a few GOP senators that they would be doing a good thing to vote yes for this highly qualified judge.