April 8, 2022

3 Republican Senators Vote to Confirm Judge Jackson

  • Flyover Country, The Hill

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, 3 Republican Senators broke with their own party to vote in favor of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Brown was the subject of controversy after it was revealed that she was often lenient on people convicted of child porn use during her time on a lower court. Republican Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine all voted in favor of Jackson’s confirmation bringing the vote tally to 53-47.

The Background: 
Judge Ketanji Jackson Brown was just confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate on Thursday. After being nominated by Democrat President Joe Biden, her confirmation was largely partisan with the exception of three Republican senators: Romney, Murkowski, and Collins.

These three Republicans have been controversial for their willingness to work on legislation with Democrats that critics often say undermine conservative values. 

Judge Jackson made headlines during her Senate confirmation hearings when she failed to answer the question “What is a woman?” by saying “I’m not a biologist.”

Republicans also hammered Jackson on her record of giving lenient jail sentences to child porn users even when federal guidelines recommended more prison time.

Senator Lindsey Graham, who voted in favor of confirming Jackson to a lower court last year, said this vote was different. He explained why he changed his mind by saying, “Now that you’re talking about the Supreme Court, you’re making policy, not just bound by it.”

Jackson will now replace retired Justice Stephen Breyer, a long-time liberal-leaning justice. Her appointment will uphold the generally recognized 6-3 conservative to liberal split on the court.

Notable Quotes: 

“After four days of hearings, I now know why the left likes her so much. It became obvious to me why she was their ‘first,’ and apparently, only, choice.” - Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
 

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