The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Monday morning to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Senate floor. Democrats are hoping to end the week with the confirmation of the judge.
Following hours of questioning before the committee two weeks ago, Jackson is on the precipice of confirmation. Senate Democrats and at least one Senate Republican will vote to confirm Jackson – allowing President Joe Biden to tout bipartisan support for his first Supreme Court nominee. Senate Democrats will also be spared having to use Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote to confirm Jackson.
Not all Democrats have announced how they will vote on Jackson’s confirmation, but party cohesion is expected. Though, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D), who has been known to break with her party at critical moments, has not yet confirmed how she will vote.
The Judiciary panel could deadlock 11-11 on the vote to advance Jackson’s nomination, which would means Democrats would be forced to spend additional time on the Senate floor to “discharge” the nomination from committee. The last time the Judiciary Committee deadlocked on the nomination of a justice was 1991, during the process of confirming then-judge Clarence Thomas.