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Senate Judiciary Committee delays vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson at GOP request

Republicans have focused on Jackson's sentencing record and comments about pedophilia.

Published: March 28, 2022 3:48pm

Updated: March 28, 2022 5:35pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday delayed the vote on President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to April 4 at the request of Senate Republicans.

Jackson needed majority approval to move forward in the committee with 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill., followed the GOP's request to allow a one-week delay in sending Jackson's nomination to the entire Senate.

"I joined in the request to hold over the nominees for one week," Ranking Judiciary Committee Member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Monday according to The Washington Examiner. "I'll have specific things to say about the nomination of Judge Jackson at that meeting, [one] week from today."

If Jackson's nomination is sent to the Senate as expected on April 4, the body will hold a full vote on her by April 11, before the senators begin their scheduled spring break, the outlet stated.

Jackson's confirmation hearings concluded Thursday following extensive questioning about her views. The 51-year-old judge would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

She has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle for appearing unprepared for questions about what defines a woman and fetal viability.

Republicans have focused on Jackson's sentencing record and comments about pedophilia.

As a Harvard Law student, Jackson criticized what she saw as "excessiveness" in punishments for sex offenders.  

Transcripts reported by Just the News show Jackson disagreed with her own experts at the Sentencing Commission when she claimed child pornographers aren't pedophiles.

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