Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation will move forward after tie vote in Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court moved one step closer Monday afternoon.

The 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee, which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, voted along party lines for an 11-11 tie, rather than offering a “favorable” or “unfavorable” recommendation. 

While the tie vote adds an additional procedural step, it won’t stop Jackson’s nomination from moving to the full Senate for consideration. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., can now set the schedule for a full chamber vote, where Jackson is expected to be confirmed before Congress leaves for Easter recess at the end of the week. 

Last week, GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced she would back Jackson, ensuring bipartisan support for the nomination. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who frequently breaks from his party, also said he would vote for the nominee. 

REPUBLICAN SUPPORT:GOP Sen. Susan Collins will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson, bipartisan support for historic Supreme Court nominee

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill, March 8, 2022. Collins will vote to confirm Jackson, all but assuring that she will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) ORG XMIT: DCCK134

KEY DEMOCRAT IN FAVOR:Manchin to vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson, likely ensuring she will be the first Black woman on Supreme Court

As a result, Jackson is all but ensured to be confirmed as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

The Senate is evenly split between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. If a simple majority of 51 vote for her, Jackson is confirmed. If the Senate deadlocks at 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris (acting as the Senate president) would break the tie and provide Jackson with the deciding vote.

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