Senators Romney, Murkowski To Vote To Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah have both publicly announced they will vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation once the vote reaches the Senate floor, bringing the total Republican affirmative votes to three after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her intention to vote for Jackson last week.

Sen. Romney tweeted his announcement Monday evening.

“After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor,” Romney said. “While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity.”

Sen. Murkowski released a statement praising Judge Jackson, saying their meetings informed her decision.

“My support rests on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to the court as a replacement for Justice Breyer,” Murkowski said in a statement.

“It also rests on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year,” Murkowski added. “While I have not and will not agree with all of Judge Jackson’s decisions and opinions, her approach to cases is carefully considered and is generally well-reasoned.”

The Senate Monday voted 53-47 to discharge Jackson’s nomination from the Judiciary Committee after the committee deadlocked 11-11 along party lines on Jackson’s nomination. Murkowski, Romney, and Collins delivered the affirmative votes needed to advance the nomination.

“Judge Jackson will bring extraordinary qualifications, deep experience, and intellect, and a rigorous judicial record to the Supreme Court,” Biden tweeted earlier Monday. “She deserves to be confirmed as the next justice.”

The final vote is expected later this week.

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