Manchin ‘eager’ to confirm Breyer’s successor to the Supreme Court

Dens. Joe ManchinJoe Manchin Congress in jeopardy of lack of closure deadline A strategic focal point for health care reform could save Democrats midway through the term. (DW.Va.) announced Monday that he supports going fast to confirm a successor to the Supreme Court justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerSenators provide an insight into the upcoming nomination battle for the Supreme Court. The White House reprimands the GOP senator, who said Biden’s Supreme Court elected ‘recipient’ of positive action. What does it mean to have a Supreme Court that ‘looks like America’? MOREwho are expected to retire over the summer.

“I think basically, especially if it’s someone who’s been investigated already – like we put on one of the benches before, circuit or district – it’s going to make it go even faster. But you know, we just have to fill seat … and I’m eager to get it done, Manchin told reporters.

Manchin’s comments come after Breyer announced last week that he intended to resign, giving Biden his first chance to occupy a Supreme Court seat ahead of the midterm period in which Democrats could lose control of Congress. Biden has said he intends to nominate someone before the end of the month, which will start a hectic battle in the Senate. Democrats are looking at moving a nomination at the same time it took for Republicans to affirm justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney Barrett Senators provide insight into the upcoming battle for the Supreme Court nomination Abortion and the 13th Amendment The White House reprimands the GOP senator, who said Biden’s Supreme Court chooses “recipient” of positive action MORE when Trump announced his nomination: 30 days.

Several of the nominees under consideration have previously been confirmed by the Senate to lower seats. Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is widely seen as the frontrunner to be nominated as Breyer’s successor, was confirmed last year by the Senate to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. J. Michelle Childs, who the White House confirmed was under consideration, currently serves as a federal district court judge and was recently nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

District Judge Eunice Lee and District Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi have both been nominated as potential candidates and were both confirmed by the Senate last year.

Manchin added on Monday that he believed Biden was considering “excellent names” and defended the president’s promise to nominate the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, which has received criticism from some Republicans.

“This time has come. And I think it’s great to have so many qualified people – I mean extremely qualified people who can serve and I think they serve justice,” Manchin said.

“[It is] basically just a balance to be made to represent who we are as a nation, “he added.

Democrats hope they will be able to peel off at least one GOP senator to support the one Biden nominates, given both the historic nature of the nomination and the fact that it will not change the balance of the 6-3 Conservative court.

If Republicans unite in opposition, Democrats can confirm the nominee on their own if all 50 members stick together. Although Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaCarville says he would help raise money for a potential Gallego Senate bid. The Hill’s Morning Report – Democrats sense opportunity with SCOTUS vacancy Schumer finds unity in Supreme Court battle MORE (D-Ariz.) Have been seen as obstacles to some of the party’s legislative goals, including the Build Back Better spending legislation and the filibuster reform, they have supported any judge candidate Biden has had confirmed by the Senate so far.

Manchin, the most conservative member of the Senate Democratic caucus, also indicated late last week that he was open to supporting a candidate who was ideologically more liberal than he was.

“As far as mere philosophical conviction is concerned, no, it will not prevent me from supporting anyone,” Manchin said.


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