Senator Rob Portman to oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will not be among the small group of Republicans who will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the nation’s first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Portman released a statement on Tuesday that his nomination is historic and that “all Americans can be proud of his personal history” he cannot support his nomination based on his record and his answers to questions.

“We just have a different legal philosophy,” Portman’s statement said. “I believe the job of a Supreme Court justice is to apply the law fairly and impartially and to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. . During our meeting, I asked Judge Jackson about her approach to the interpretation and application of the law, restrictions on judicial activism, and her experience as a judge. I asked questions of every Supreme Court nominee who appeared before the Senate during my tenure about this.

“Although Judge Jackson does not have a long record as an appellate judge, her district court opinions, such as Make the Road New York v. McAleenan and American Meat Institute v. USDA, indicate that she does not feel constrained by the plain language of laws passed by Congress or judicial precedents. Based on her record, responses to questions from the Judiciary Committee, and my meeting with her, I am concerned that Judge Jackson is using her position on the Supreme Court to legislate from the bench, as many other activist justices have done over the past decades.

“Finally, during our personal meeting, Judge Jackson declined to comment on whether she supports adding more judges to the Court, a court-side proposal that the radical left supports that would politicize and discredit the Court. her hearing, she said she would be “delighted to be one of the many judges on the court”, suggesting she is indifferent to the idea of ​​packing the courts.Even her mentor, the judge Stephen Breyer, along with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have defended the institution and opposed the Court’s wrap-up, acknowledging that it would challenge the integrity of the Court.Judge Jackson could have pledged to protect the Court’s credibility and the rule of law, but she refused to do so.

Last year, Portman voted against confirming his current position on the appeals court.

Republican U.S. Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah have said they would support Jackson’s nomination, meaning his confirmation is assured. US Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, said he would support her. He’s due to meet Jackson this afternoon.

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