NBC News reported Monday that the Senate Judiciary Committee has deadlocked on advancing Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Although it is still expected that the Senate will vote on Brown’s confirmation, one Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt (MO), made clear this weekend that he won’t be supporting her.
“A high point for the country”
According to The Daily Wire, Blunt explained his reasons for opposing Brown during an interview on Sunday with ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos.
“I think she’s certainly going to be confirmed,” Blunt said.
“I think it will be a high point for the country to see her go on the Court and take her unique perspective to the Court, but I don’t think she’s the kind of judge that will really do the kind of work that I think needs to be done by the Court,” Blunt continued.
“And I won’t be supporting her, but I’ll be joining others in understanding the importance of this moment.”
Stephanopoulos responded by asking Blunt why he will not be backing Jackson if her nomination represents “a high point for the country.”
“Well, I think lifetime appointments have a different criteria than other appointments,” Blunt replied, stressing that Jackson “just doesn’t meet the criteria.”
“[The] advise and consent part of the Constitution gives the Senate more responsibility than just saying she’s qualified, you appointed her, we’re going to approve her,” he stated.
Blunt argued that “you need to also agree with whether you think that judge is going to be a judge that thinks it’s their job to rule on what they think the law and the Constitution should say, or is it their job to rule on what the law and the Constitution does say?”
Blunt will not be alone in voting against Jackson’s confirmation, as The Daily Wire pointed out that Maine Sen. Susan Collins is thus far the only Republican to have promised support.
Fox News noted that Jackson became the focus of sharp criticism by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican members over her history of giving light sentences in child pornography cases.