Sen. Susan Collins will vote ‘yes’ to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, according to the New York Times.
The senator from Maine is the first Republican to announce her intent to approve Jackson’s nomination.
Breaking News: Senator Susan Collins of Maine plans to vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the first Republican to back her.https://t.co/c2Ih1mEZqP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 30, 2022
Collins was one of only three in her party to approve Judge Jackson’s confirmation for her current seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last summer.
Of the other two Republicans, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has already declared he’s a ‘no’ vote while Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) hasn’t indicated how she may vote.
Currently, 46 senators (including Collins) have voiced their support for Jackson. Should all the Democratic senators – and the two Independent members who caucus with the Democrats, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Angus King (I-ME) – vote yes as expected, Jackson will be confirmed to the high court.
Some folks worried about how moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia would vote, but he’s already announced his support.
If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to become a Supreme Court justice in the history of the U.S.
A new Marquette Law School poll finds Jackson’s nomination is supported by 66 percent of Americans overall, including 95 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents and even 29 percent of Republicans.
Susan Collins statement confirms she is a YES on KBJ:
“I have concluded that [Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson] possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 30, 2022
“I was disappointed that my colleagues were involved with illegal drugs and immoral sex. They apologized for their behavior and promised not to have drug-fueled romps in the future. I believe they’ve learned their lesson.” – Susan Collins
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) March 30, 2022