Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Female Justice

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black female Justice.

According to the
Associated Press, three Republican senators broke ranks with the GOP to support Jackson.

Only three Republicans
voted for Jackson's confirmation: Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT).

Mike Braun and
Todd Young, both from Indiana, voted against Jackson.

Jackson will succeed
Justice Stephen Breyer this summer. The Supreme Court will be conservative 6-3.

According to the
New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasised the historic nature of the moment.

"Who knows
how many millions of kids could have benefited from such a role model?"  he said.

The Senate's uppe
 galleries were almost entirely full for the first time since the pandemic began, according to the Associated Press.

Vice President Kamala
Harris presided over the vote. The chamber cheered when Harris announced the final tally, the AP reports.

President Joe Biden
and Jackson embraced as they watched the vote from the White House.

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