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What happened before the Judiciary Committee vote

Yesterday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked 11-11 on advancing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court. A few hours later, the full Senate voted 53-47 — with three Republican votes — to take up her nomination for a final vote later this week.

That's good news.

But it's what happened before the Judiciary Committee vote that is so stunning. Senator Lindsey Graham said the quiet part out loud:

If we get back the Senate, and we're in charge of this body [the Judiciary Committee], and there's judicial openings, we'll talk to our colleagues on the other side, but if we're in charge, she would not have been before this Committee.

You heard that right. Senator Graham made it clear: If the Republicans take back the Senate this fall, you can expect that all of President Biden's future nominees for the Supreme Court — and likely, many other spots in the federal courts — will be blocked.

We can't let that happen. We have to fight back with everything we've got. Chip in now to my Blue Wave Project and let's make sure we protect our Democratic Senators – and elect a few more reinforcements in critical swing states.



Posted on April 5, 2022.

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