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Justice Breyer To Retire —Dem Lawmakers Call On Biden To Pick Black Woman For Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will formally announce his retirement with President Biden on Thursday. However, Breyer does not plan to leave the court until a new nominee is officially confirmed and becomes a Supreme Court justice, according to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

This decision to retire was a difficult one to make for Breyer, Blitzer noted. “He’s a relatively healthy 83-year-old. But he realizes … the politics of what’s going on right now. There could be a change in the majority in the United States Senate after the midterm elections. And so this is a good time if the Democrats … could get somebody confirmed to replace him,” he added.

As lawmakers are starting to the news, Democratic lawmakers are calling on Biden to keep his pledge to pick a Black woman to fill the vacant seat after Breyer leaves the bench.

The White House has not released any statements on Biden’s next steps yet but the President said during the campaign trail that he would nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.

Check some of the reactions to the Breyer news from members of Congress below:

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