Fischer joins Sasse in stating she will oppose Jackson's nomination
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Both of Nebraska's U.S. Senators have now gone on the record to say that they will oppose President Joe Biden's nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Deb Fischer released a statement Monday afternoon stating that she would not support Jackson's proposed appointment to the Supreme Court. She joins fellow Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse, who made a similar announcement last week.
“I appreciated Judge Jackson’s time during my personal meeting with her, but she was not clear about her own judicial philosophy in our conversation," Fischer said.
"She instead described certain steps when examining a case, including looking at the ‘public meaning’ of the law’s text. Translating this ‘public meaning’ is exactly why it is important to have a specific judicial philosophy. I firmly believe that justices on our nation’s highest Court must be able to identify the framework of how they interpret our fundamental laws. In doing so, they must adhere strictly to the text of the Constitution as written without limiting the rights it guarantees. Given these considerations, I will oppose her nomination.”
Sasse issued a similar statement last week.
“Judge Jackson is an extraordinary person with an extraordinary American story. We both love this country, but we disagree on judicial philosophy and I am sadly unable to vote for this confirmation,” Sasse said in his statement.
“Judge Jackson has impeccable credentials and a deep knowledge of the law, but at every turn this week she not only refused to claim originalism as her judicial philosophy, she refused to claim any judicial philosophy at all,” he added.
So far, Susan Collins of Maine is the lone Republican to state her intention to vote for Jackson. No Democrats have indicated that this will not vote for Jackson, meaning she will likely be approved by a narrow margin.