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04.04.22

WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Senate voted to discharge Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, from the Senate Judiciary Committee by a bipartisan vote of 53 to 47. Prior to his discharge vote in the Senate, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke in favor of Justice Jackson.

Key quotes from Durbin:

“In the coming days, Judge Jackson’s nomination will be presented to the full Senate. And we’re on track to confirm it by the end of this week.

“Judge Jackson is an exceptional candidate. She has won support across the political and ideological spectrum. And his qualifications are second to none. Perhaps more importantly, Judge Jackson’s record on the bench is one of impartiality. Yet despite this, not a single Republican on the Judiciary Committee voted in favor of his nomination.

“Judge Jackson was unanimously endorsed by Senate Republicans – she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate not once, but twice – to be a member of the US Sentencing Commission and a judge of a court district.”

“Justice Jackson has the temperament, the insight, the skills and the kind of attributes that we demand of a Supreme Court nominee. She dedicated her life to serving our country and will always work to uphold the Constitution.

“She is dedicated to protecting judicial independence, promoting liberty and liberty, and making the Court, its work, and its decisions accessible to all Americans.”

“I proudly voted to remove Justice Jackson from the Judiciary Committee. And later this week, I will proudly vote to confirm that Justice Jackson is the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Earlier in the day, Judge Jackson’s nomination walked out of committee by an 11-11 vote. Under the provisions of S. Res. On the 27th, Chief Schumer had to file a motion for discharge on Judge Jackson’s nomination to place it on the executive calendar.

Video of Durbin’s Senate remarks is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s Senate remarks is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s Senate remarks is available here for TV channels.

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