Maine Sen. Susan Collins questions Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as they testify on the Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2022 before the Senate Appropriations Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington, June 17, 2021. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II) [Photo Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Republican Senator Susan Collins Will Vote to Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

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Susan Collins of Maine has become the first Republican Senator to announce a vote for confirmation for Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The announcement almost certainly secures Jackson’s nomination in a 50-50 Senate that has seen moderate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia pledge his vote.

The New York Times reports:

“I have decided to support the confirmation of Judge Jackson to be a member of the Supreme Court,” Ms. Collins said in an interview after the meeting.

The centrist senator, often a key vote on Supreme Court clashes, said that she had been reassured that Judge Jackson would not be “bending the law to meet a personal preference” and that the nominee met her personal standard for serving on the court.

“In recent years, senators on both sides of the aisle have gotten away from what I perceive to be the appropriate process for evaluating judicial nominees,” she said. “In my view, the role under the Constitution assigned to the Senate is to look at the credentials, experience and qualifications of the nominee. It is not to assess whether a nominee reflects the individual ideology of a senator or would vote exactly as an individual senator would want.”