GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has revealed that she is unsure about whether or not she will vote in favor of President Joe Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Fox News reported.
Collins revealed her position on Tuesday after having, in her words, “a lengthy and very productive” meeting with Jackson.
The details of the meeting
Overall, Collins said that the meeting was “very helpful” and that “it went well.” During the meeting, the two, according to Collins, discussed Jackson’s approach to the law.
“Well, obviously, I don’t agree with her on every decision that she has rendered,” Collins said.
The congresswoman added, though, that, in her opinion, Jackson “takes a very thorough, careful approach in applying the law to the facts of the case.” And, this, said Collins, is something that “I want to see in a judge.”
Collins also said that “it’s clear that [Jackson’s] credentials and the breadth of her experience are impressive.” Collins noted that Jackson’s experience as a District Court judge and Circuit Court judge means that she is “not a blank slate to us,” given that she has been confirmed before.
Collins refused to say, however, whether she will confirm Jackson this time. Collins said that she will make that decision after the confirmation hearing.
Jackson is President Biden’s selection to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Jackson will have the distinction of being the first Black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Biden, here, is making good on a campaign promise to put a Black woman on the court, something that has earned him a lot of criticism for seemingly putting race and sex above merit for such an important position.
Jackson’s confirmation hearing will take place from March 21 through March 24. The highlight of that process, as always, will be the question-answer session with senators.
Jackson is expected to get the full support of the Democrats, but it is unclear how much Republican support she will get. All that she needs to be confirmed, though, is a simple majority of the Senate.
Collins, it ought to be noted, did vote for both of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court picks, namely Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.