Kotanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, is one step closer to being appointed. On Monday, the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee voted to submit its appointment to the full Senate.
Eleven Democrats in the group voted in favor and eleven Republicans voted against. According to Senate rules, the appointment can go to the entire Senate. Senate President Chuck Schumer of the Democratic Party has said he plans to vote for all 100 senators by the end of the week. If that vote ends in a tie, Kamala Harris will vote as vice president. All 50 Democrats and at least three Republicans are expected to vote for Brown Jackson’s nominee.
If the 51-year-old Jackson’s appointment is confirmed, he will replace Liberal Judge Stephen Fryer. So the structure of the Supreme Court will be the same as it is now: six conservative judges against three progressive judges.
Jackson is currently working on the Court of Appeals, which is slightly below the Supreme Court. Previously, he was a lawyer for those who could not afford a lawyer.
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