The United States Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Justice of the United States Supreme Court. All Democrats in the Senate voted to confirm Biden’s SCOTUS nominee, joined by three Republicans: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the 53-47 roll call vote as senators called out votes from their desks on the Senate floor.
Just before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the occasion “a wonderful day, a joyous day, an inspiring day for the Senate, for the Supreme Court, and for the United States of America.”
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the only female Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised concerns over Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s judicial record during her opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“At a time when parental rights appear to be under assault by the radical left, your public comments about — and I’m going to quote you — ‘the transformative power of progressive education.’ These are deeply concerning. You serve on the board of a school that teaches kindergartens, five-year-old children, that they can choose their gender and teaches them about so-called ‘white privilege.’ This school has hosted an organization called ‘Woke Kindergarten’ and pushes an anti-racist education program for white families. Your public endorsement of this type [of] progressive indoctrination of our children causes one great concern when it comes to how you may rule on cases involving parental rights. Parents also know that it’s only a matter of time before we have the next pandemic. And they’re concerned about more mask mandates or lockdowns from unelected bureaucrats that would harm their children’s mental health and stunt their development. The American people want a Supreme Court Justice who will protect their families’ freedoms — not allow government overreach into private family decisions.”