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Susan Collins To Vote ‘Yes’ To Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Wednesday said she would support Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, becoming the first Republican to back her confirmation and effectively ensuring that Jackson will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice.

“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” Collins said in a statement.

“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position,” she added.

In her statement, Collins also said she gives presidents “considerable deference” on Supreme Court nominees, arguing that it “runs counter to the disturbing trend of politicizing the judicial nomination process.”

Collins’ decision to back Jackson means there will be no tie vote in the Senate on her confirmation assuming all 50 Democrats vote “yes,” as expected.

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