The confirmation of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee with a tied party-court vote, a situation not seen since the 1991 nomination of Justice Clarence Thomas, The Hill reported.
The committee’s 22 senators, who are evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, voted 11-11 for the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson rather than offering a “favorable” or “unfavorable” recommendation.
Now, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to formally dismiss Jackson’s nomination from the committee and send it to a vote by the full Senate.
However, after several days of questioning, Jackson, who would be the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, will almost certainly win confirmation by the end of the week.
The judge faced questions from Republicans questioning some of her controversial rulings in which she granted ‘light’ sentences for child pornography and her representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
“These aren’t just numbers. These are criminals with real victims,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
While Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of those to vote against the judge’s confirmation, said Jackson, whom he describes as a hard-left wing, will be an “activist” on the Supreme Court.
“If we get back the Senate and we’re in charge of this body and there is judicial openings we will talk to our colleagues on the other side. But if we were in charge, she would not have been before this committee. You would have had somebody more moderate than this,” Graham said.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is the only Republican who has announced she will vote for Jackson so far.
The Senate is evenly split between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. If a simple majority of 51 votes for her, Judge Jackson will be confirmed.
If the Senate reaches a 50-50 tie, Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as Senate President, would be the tiebreaker, giving Jackson the deciding vote.