(The Center Square, Casey Harper) – The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 Thursday to confirm President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, received bipartisan support. Democrats lauded Jackson and emphasized the historic significance of her appointment as the first Black female Supreme Court justice.
“This confirmation brings us one step closer to healing our nation, one step closer to a perfect union,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said.
Though Jackson did garner several Republican votes, many Republicans raised concerns about Jackson’s record, particularly on her handling of child pornography cases, saying she gave lenient sentences. Others argued she has a leftward bent on issues like gun rights and free speech.
“I believe that if confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the most liberal Supreme Court justice ever to serve on the Supreme Court,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said ahead of the vote. “What does that mean? She would be a vote to overturn landmark case after landmark case that protects Americans’ fundamental rights.”