Rep. Jim Clyburn Calls For Bipartisan Support Of Ketanji Brown Jackson

South Carolina Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham have already expressed disappointment over Biden's Supreme Court pick.

On Feb. 25, President Joe Biden announced he would nominate U.S. federal appeals court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott have already expressed disappointment about Biden’s choice but Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the House majority whip, is calling for bipartisan support.

Clyburn said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation, "This is beyond politics. This is about the country, our pursuit of a more perfect union, and this is demonstrative of another step in that pursuit, and I would hope that all of my Republican friends would look upon it that way. Let's have a debate, let's talk to her about her rulings and about her philosophy. But in the final analysis, let's have a strong, bipartisan support to demonstrate that both parties are still in pursuit of perfection."

If confirmed, Jackson would become the first Black woman to sit on the bench of the nation’s highest court. Jackson would fill the vacancy left when Justice Stephen Breyer retires. During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to put a Black woman in the position should it become available.

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Biden and Jackson must navigate the nomination through a politically polarized Senate. During her confirmation hearings last year for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Senate Republicans took aim at her 2019 decision as a federal district judge to order former President Donald Trump’s counsel Don McGahn to testify before a Democratic-led House committee, according to The Hill.

As an appellate judge, she joined a unanimous three-judge panel to reject Trump’s attempt to block the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from obtaining his administration’s records.

Democrats and Republicans each control 50 seats in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote. If GOP members oppose her nomination, Jackson would need the backing of all 50 Senate Democrats.

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