The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday and was deadlocked at 11-11 on sending Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination for a full Senate vote.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer will motion to discharge and send it to the Senate this week.
“If there are no further comments, I’m favorably reporting the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin before votes were cast.
“A tie vote was recorded on judge Jackson’s nomination to be the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States… I’ll transmit to the secretary of the senate a notice of this tie vote,” he said.
The votes went directly down party lines, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham saying that had the Republicans been in charge, they would not have given her a hearing if they held the Senate majority.
“If we get back the Senate, and we’re in charge of this body, and there’s judicial openings, we will talk to our colleagues on the other side,” said Graham on Monday, according to MSN. “But if we were in charge, she would not have been before this committee.”
Jackson spent three days in confirmation hearings in the Judiciary Committee where she was grilled by the GOP on her lenient sentences for child pornographers.
GOP Senators, such as Marsha Blackburn, said on Monday that her lenient sentences were one reason that she would not vote for her, saying that while she had an “impressive resume,” that she had concerns and disagreements that lie in how she has addressed child pornography, sentencing practices, release policies, work with terrorists, work with agencies and overreach, her immigration policies, and her views on biology.
On the second day of the Biden’s SCOTUS nominee’s confirmation hearings. Blackburn asked Jackson about the definition for the word “woman,” to which Jackson gave no answer, saying she’s “not a biologist.”
“Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes. If there’s a dispute about a definition, people make arguments and I look at the law and I decide,” Jackson said.