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Senate hearings for high court nominee to begin on March 21


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Feb 8, 2022
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While the appointment of this far left wing ideologue is unfortunately a fait accompli there are two things that I find interesting regarding the upcoming process:

1. Just a geeky political technical matter... Why are they going through with the nomination process BEFORE the seat is actually available? Has this ever happened?
2. In the unlikely, but plausible event of a tie vote, it would seem to be a conflict of interest to have the VP breaking the tie. Scholars have come down on both sides of this debate, as the constitution does not specifically forbid this practice.

I don't see the Republican caucus sticking together on this one, but we can hope for that plus Manchin perhaps.

by MARY CLARE JALONICK | Associated Press
Wednesday, March 2nd 2022

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin March 21, keeping the Senate on track for a possible final vote next month.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the committee chairman, announced the hearing schedule on Wednesday as Jackson was holding her first meetings with senators on Capitol Hill. Jackson met in the morning with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. She planned to see Durbin and the committee’s top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, in the afternoon.'"
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