Today's Senate Vote Could Make Jackson First Black Woman on SCOTUS
She's expected to win support from all Democrats and a few Republicans
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a daughter of schoolteachers who has risen steadily through America’s elite legal ranks, stands on the cusp of history, just one Senate vote away from becoming the first Black woman confirmed as a justice of the Supreme Court.
Thursday’s final vote, which is scheduled for the midafternoon, represents the culmination of a six-week whirlwind confirmation process for the 51-year-old federal appeals judge.
It began in February with President Biden introducing Jackson as a distinguished nominee who would “help write the next chapter in the history of the journey of America” and reached a climax during two days of tense Senate hearings last month where Republicans sought to paint her as a left-wing radical who had cosseted criminals and terrorists, only for three GOP senators to ultimately reject those claims and support her confirmation.
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