Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is expected to be confirmed as democrats have enough votes as long as all 50 members support her and present to vote.
The Judiciary Panel is scheduled to vote on Jackson’s nomination on Monday, April 4, paving the way for the Senate to vote on her nomination by April 8 when the chamber is poised to leave town for a two-week break.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) plans to vote against her confirmation:
“Last year, I voted against confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to a federal appeals court because I had serious doubts about her record and judicial philosophy. After seeing her closely examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee, I stand by my original concerns.
“Judge Jackson has consistently evaded basic questions from Senators about her views of the law, the role of a judge, and her record. I was especially disappointed that she failed to disavow the idea of court-packing, which radical left-wing groups have advocated as a means of imposing their will on the country.
“President Biden promised to appoint an activist judge and he has done exactly that. I am persuaded she would have no reluctance to legislate from the bench. I will be voting against her confirmation.”
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) previously opposed her for the appeals seat but has not made it clear whether she plans to vote alongside Wicker and against Jackson’s nomination. She told SuperTalk Mississippi this morning that she’ll be meeting with Jackson on Thursday.
“She had a lot of hard questions during the hearing. She avoided a lot of the questions and she was hesitant to answer a lot of the questions. But the confirmation process is going through the normal process, I think everybody’s been pretty respectful.”
Hyde-Smith also added that she thinks most Senators are looking for an umpire, someone to call balls and strikes who is not an activist from the bench and interprets the law as it is written.
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