Ketanji Brown Jackson Clears Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court have been speeding along. Today, the Committee held a vote on the nomination and sent it to the entire Senate. The Committee, made up of eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans (reflecting that it is a 50-50 Senate), voted on a party-line vote and ended up in a deadlock – the first time since 1991 (ironically with regard to Clarence Thomas's nomination, and Joe Biden as the Chair of the Committee).

It's not the end of the story however. After the vote in the committee, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded the vote of a procedural motion of the entire Senate (a discharge request) to bring this nomination to the floor. Following the delay caused by flight problems of Senator Alex Padilla (D-California), the vote was conducted. The final result was 53-47, with three Republican senators who had stated they'd be voting for the confirmation of Judge Jackson's appointment as well as voting in favor of taking the nomination to the floor.

Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced this week that she would vote for the nomination. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced her support for the nomination on Monday ahead of the vote, as did Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as was previously reported.

At this point, none of the Democrats have stated that they would be against the nomination. This means that there will be an official confirmation vote later in the week, possibly on either Thursday or Friday. Based on the current situation, it is expected that Judge Jackson is likely to be confirmed by minimum 53 votes.

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