the judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Biden’s pick for the United States Supreme Court, was confirmed this Thursday by the Senate in position The first African-American woman to hold one of the nine Supreme Court seats for life in its 232-year history.
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In the first instance, Jackson passed a procedural vote with the support of 53 senators, while 47 voted against, the same final vote that ratified it in office and announced by Vice President Kamala Harris to standing ovation from the legislature.
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The hearing was presided over by African-American Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who delivered a rousing speech on the third day of hearings assessing the justice candidacy.
Booker criticized Republicans for finding no excuse to attack Jackson and praised everything they did. The judge managed to get there, being also a black woman and with the obstacles involved.
“No one will steal my joy,” Booker declared then, as Brown wiped his tears.
Confirmation in the Senate of Jackson, who has since last year been a judge on the District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was a foregone conclusion. Because the Democrats have the 51 votes needed to do so.
However, they also had the support of Republicans like: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, so the vote had a bipartisan atmosphere as Biden wanted.
US Vice President Kamala Harris is tasked with chairing the Senate this afternoon for the final vote to confirm Jackson.
Like Jackson, Harris is filled with priorities, and in January 2021 she became the first African-American and the first woman of Indian or Asian descent to reach the position of Vice President of the United States.
Jackson’s arrival in court won’t change the ideological make-up of the US Senatewhich has been leaning more to the right than at any time since the 1930s, with six conservative and three progressive justices.
However, it will expand the diversity of the court where there are currently five white men, one black and three women, one of whom is Latina Sonia Sotomayor.
Jackson replaces one of those white men, Stephen Breyer, one of only three members of the Court’s Progressive Caucus who announced in January that he intended to retire at age 83.
*With information from EFE
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