Apr 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Murkowski, Romney announce support for Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination

Photo of Ketanji Brown Jackson in a blue suit jacket as she sits in front of an audience

Ketanji Brown Jackson during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 23. Photo: Julia Nikhinson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah said Monday they'll vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to the Supreme Court, bringing the total GOP votes for President Biden's nominee to three.

The big picture: With all Democrats planning to vote for her, Jackson's confirmation is all but a sure thing. Rep. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said last week that she would also vote to confirm Jackson.

  • "While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity," Romney said in a statement.
  • Murkowski said her support for Jackson "also rests on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year."

The Senate will vote on Jackson's nomination despite a tie in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

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