Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has announced he will not vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the nation’s Supreme Court Justice.
“Judge Jackson is an extraordinary person with an extraordinary American history,” Sasse said in one statement. “We both love this country, but we disagree on the philosophy of law and I’m afraid I can’t vote for that endorsement.
“Judge Jackson has impeccable testimonies and a deep knowledge of the law, but not only has she refused this week to claim originalism as her philosophy of law, she has refused to claim any philosophy of law at all. Although she explained originalism and textualism in some detail to the committee, Judge Jackson refused to adopt them or any other precise system of limits on the judicial role,” lawmakers said.
President Joe Biden nominated Jackson for the seat currently held by Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire later this year.
Just three Republicans tuned for confirming Jackson as a member of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit last year: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Sasse and two other Republicans were listed as “not voting.” The 44 remaining Republican senators voted against confirming Jackson in that June vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who voted against confirming Jackson last year, said Thursday that he would not support nominating Jackson to the US Supreme Court.
As long as the Senate Democratic faction sticks together, they can confirm Jackson in the Supreme Court even if none of their GOP peers decide to support the move. In the event of a 50-50 Senate vote, Vice President Kamala Harris could break the tie to confirm Jackson.
“Like so much in our public square, the Supreme Court confirmation process is on hold and is not building trust in either the Senate or the Supreme Court,” Sasse said in his statement. “Senators should have made fewer speeches, and Justice Jackson should have made her legal philosophy clear and understandable for the American people. Unfortunately none of that happened.
“I am grateful for Judge Jackson’s service and wish her and her family well as she takes her place on the court, but I cannot endorse the nomination,” he noted.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/ben-sasse-will-not-support-confirming-ketanji-brown-jackson-to-supreme-court Sasse will not vote to confirm Jackson in the Supreme Court