McConnell Deals Heavy Blow To Democrats

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McConnell won’t play ball.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has expressed his opposition to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme court nomination.

McConnell had previously voted against Brown getting the appeals court seat she was up for.  

“After studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court,” McConnell said.

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To justify his opposition McConnell referenced multiple different things including her sentencing decisions, judicial philosophy, and her decision to not take a clear position on the topic of expanding the seats on the Supreme Court. He also pointed at the possibility that she would engage in “judicial activism.”

“It’s a recipe for courts to wander into policymaking and prevent healthy Democratic compromise. This is the misunderstanding of the separation of powers that I’ve spent my entire career fighting against. … I will vote against this nominee,” McConnell said.

Upon wrapping up her Judiciary Committee hearing this week, many Democrats are supporting Jackson’s nomination.

The committee is expected to cast their votes on her nomination on April 4. They are looking to confirm her before their two-week break. Currently, if all Democrats vote in favor of Jackson they do not need any GOP votes to confirm her. This is because Vice President Harris can act as the tiebreaker.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, noted that he was “disappointed but not surprised” by McConnell’s decision to oppose Jackson’s nomination.

Durbin also noted that the idea of expanding the Supreme Court is one that would not gain the needed votes to pass the Senate.

“I want to make sure she’s on the court, that we will have bipartisan support … I hope and I’m still hoping that several Republicans will step up and support her nomination. I’m disappointed by Senator McConnell’s position but I’m not surprised,” Durbin said.

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