Sen. Durbin to oversee Supreme Court testimony questioning

Sen. Dick Durbin. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois’ Senior Senator is charring a committee set to question President Biden’s Supreme Court nomination.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would start testifying on Monday, March 21.

“In the coming weeks, the Senate Judiciary Committee will undertake another comprehensive review of her record, her qualifications, and her approach to judicial decision making. As chair of the committee, I’m determined to see that this review is careful, fair, and professional.”

Last week, President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring.

“Every Supreme Court nomination is critically important. This one has special historical significance,” added Durbin during a Senate Floor speech earlier this week. “In the United State’s history, our Supreme Court has had 115 Justices, 108 of those Justices have had one thing in common. They were all white men.”

If Judge Jackson is confirmed, she would be the nation’s first Black woman to the nation’s high court.

Senate Democrats, pushing for Judge Brown Jackson’s confirmation, want the process to be finished by April 8.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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