The Senate voted today for cloture on Ketanji Brown Jackson — ending debate on a liberal Supreme Court nominee who supports abortion and has been thoroughly criticized for light prison sentences for child pornographers.
The vote was 53-47 with Republicans Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins voting with all 50 Democrats to end debate and move forward with a vote. 47 Republicans banded together to oppose cloture on the nomination.
In comments on the Senate floor yesterday regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz says she doesn’t hold the Constitutioonal view that all people have a right to life.
“She doesn’t hold a position that ‘all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ Judge Jackson says she has no position on whether you have a right to life.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Monday ended in a tie with 11 Democrats voting yes and 11 Republicans voting no. After the vote, Senate Democrats pursued a discharge motion on the Senate floor to bring the nomination there for debate and vote.
The Senate voted 53-47 to bring Jackson’s nomination to the floor, with Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins also voting for that motion.
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Senator Tim Scott announced why he is voting against Ketanji Brown Jackson: “The historic nature of Judge Jackson’s nomination reinforces the progress our country has made. However, ideology must be the determining factor—not identity.”
During the statements before the vote, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who will oppose Jackson marking his first “no” vote on a Supreme Court nominee, argued that Jackson was meant to appeal to the “hard left.”
“They made that choice and we’ll see how it plays out,” Graham said about the White House’s decision. “She wants an outcome, she’s going to find it.”
Other senators talked about her very concerning record of light prison sentences for criminals who abuse children. One new report shows her sentences are 35% lower than the national average.
“These aren’t just numbers. These are criminals with real victims,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court is not only an abortion proponent, but she came under fire during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for giving convicted child pornographers the lightest sentences possible.
Dozens of leading pro-life groups oppose Jackson, who has called pro-life Americans “hostile, noisy and in your face” people. And she tried to take away free speech rights from pro-life Americans.
Her record on unborn babies’ rights has pro-life advocates opposing her nomination. Then, Senator Josh Hawley, a pro-life Republican, raised additional concerns about Jackson’s “soft” record on child sex offenders. He voiced those concerns in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointing to seven cases in which Jackson gave lenient sentences to criminals convicted of possessing child pornography and other child sexual abuse charges. And the White House tried to hide her concerning record.
Jackson has the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortions without limits up to birth, as well as leftist “dark money” groups linked to pro-abortion billionaire George Soros.
She also ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to defund the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, and she clerked for pro-abortion Justice Stephen Breyer when he issued an opinion against the partial-birth abortion ban.
Joe Biden promised to nominate a justice who believes in the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby. If confirmed, Jackson would replace retiring Justice Breyer.
Jackson’s nomination is not going over well with Americans.
According to a national Rasmussen survey, 65% of Americans are either concerned or very concerned about her light sentences for child pornographers and that is split equally among me and women. Most Republicans were concerned but less than half of Democrats cared about child pornographers getting off easy.