A vote in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee resulted in a partisan deadlock over the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Monday.
The decision will fall to a full vote in the U.S. Senate where only a simple majority of 51 votes is needed to move her confirmation forward.
All eleven Republicans voted against her nomination while all eleven Democrats voted for her nomination. The vote was the first tie for a Supreme Court nomination by the panel since 1991.
Republicans have pummeled Jackson during the Senate committee hearings on what they saw as leniency in cases involving child sex pornography. Democrats have openly accused Republicans of being motivated by racism in their criticism of Jackson, who would be the first female African-American member of the Supreme Court in history.
Many on the right also hammered away at Jackson after she said in an exchange with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) that she was unable to “define” what a woman is because she was not a biologist.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called Brown an “extraordinary person with an extraordinary American story,” but said he could not vote for her because she “refused to claim any judicial philosophy” during her testimony.
“Although she explained originalism and textualism in some detail to the committee, Judge Jackson refused to embrace them or any other precise system of limits on the judicial role,” Sasse explained.
Liberals reacted predictably to the news that all Republicans in the committee voted against Brown’s nomination by accusing them of racism.
“Let’s be clear: no Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson not because she isn’t highly qualified (she is) or a lack of character (no) but because their base doesn’t want a Black woman with her views on SCOTUS,” responded transgender activist Charlotte Clymer.
President Joe Biden nominated Brown to fill the seat to be vacated by Justice Stephen Breyer who will be retiring from the Supreme Court later this year.
Here’s more about the nomination of Brown:
Senate committee deadlocks on sending Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to full vote