In a statement outlining his decision, Manchin said, “I have met with Judge Jackson and evaluated his eligibility to be a Supreme Court judge. After meeting with him, consider his record, and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. After careful observation, I have decided that I would like to vote for his nomination to serve in the Supreme Court. ” Manchin’s announcement is significant because he is a closely watched moderate Democrat and the main swing vote in the Senate. His decision to vote “yes” helps the Senate tighten the math of the vote to ensure the Democrats nominate a candidate. Senate Democrats are hoping to move quickly in a confirmation vote in the full Senate early next month. They can convince Jackson in the Supreme Court without Republican support if every member of their caucus votes, which seems likely to happen, and Vice President Kamala Harris breaks a tie. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised in a one-floor speech Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee would bring nominations to the Senate “in short order” if the nomination goes ahead. The Judicial Committee is expected to vote on the nomination on April 4. Jackson appeared before the committee for a high-profile confirmation hearing this week, which has been sharply questioned by Senate Republicans. So far, no Democrats have publicly indicated they will vote against the nominee, and even Republicans have worked to free up potentially politically damaging attacks, such as Jackson’s alleged leniency in crime, accusations against the nominee, and many Democrats.
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