U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., meets with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in his Capitol Hill Office on Thursday, 3/31/22 (Photo courtesy of Toomey’s office).
Pennsylvania’s outgoing Republican United States senator isn’t a “no” vote for President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.
But U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, of Lehigh County, said Thursday he “[continues] to have concerns” about whether Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “will serve as a neutral umpire of the law.”
Toomey, who met with Jackson on Thursday morning, said in a statement released after the session in his Capitol Hill office, that he “[looks] forward to further reviewing her record before arriving at a final decision.”
Toomey, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, and a frequent White House critic, is retiring this fall.
Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Casey Jr., of Scranton, is already a “yes” vote.
Jackson “has spent her career fighting for a more equitable and just America and will carry that vision on the Supreme Court. She comes to this position with a breadth of experience and an unwavering dedication to the law. I am honored to support her nomination,” Casey said in a Feb. 25 statement, according to the Washington Post.
The Post’s latest tally shows Jackson with 46 votes in favor of her confirmation, 16 opposed, and 38 unknown.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, smoothed Jackson’s path to the nation’s highest court, becoming the first Republican to announce she’d support her confirmation, the Capital-Star previously reported. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a frequent White House spoiler, also is a “yes” vote, according to the Post.
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