Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Meeting With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s Nominee To The Supreme Court

March 2, 2022

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding his meeting with President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Earlier this morning, it was an honor—a truly rare honor in my time in public service—to meet with Judge Jackson for the first time since her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Before the meeting, I said Judge Jackson is brilliant and beloved. But now that I’ve met her, I will add another word – belongs.  

She is not only brilliant and beloved, but belongs on the Supreme Court. I believe her nomination certainly merits a good number of votes from both parties, and I hope we see that as we move forward in the process.

I am certain that when other Senators have a chance to meet with Judge Jackson, they will understand why she is beyond qualified to replace Justice Breyer on the Supreme Court.

For one: if confirmed, Judge Jackson would have one of the most diverse professional backgrounds of any sitting Justice.

Throughout her career, she’s been a federal defender; worked in private practice; sat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission; served as a district judge; and as a circuit court judge on the D.C. Circuit.

And of course, she was a clerk to Justice Breyer, the very same Justice whose seat she would now fill.

As a district judge, Judge Jackson rendered more than 550 rulings and was rarely reversed by higher courts, illustrating her evenhanded application of the law and the facts.

And when you meet with her, you see that she has brought that broad experience and adopted it into her being. She empathizes with people. She emphasized to me that as a judge, she should try to understand both sides and you could tell when you met her that she really believed it and since has sort of integrated all of her experiences into her being. She was an incredibly phenomenal interview as well as with an amazing record.

So for all these reasons, Judge Jackson’s nomination has already won support from individuals and organizations across the political spectrum.

She is supported by civil rights advocates. She is supported by conservative judges and lawyers. She is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police. Someone who was a public defender, now supported by the Fraternal Order of Police. You can't get much better than that.

And she is supported by scores of men and women who’ve had the honor of working with her over the years.

I went through her record. You can hardly find a single person who she’s met as she’s walked through life and met people who say a bad thing to say about her and when you meet her, you can see why. When you meet her, you can see why.

America will be better off – much better off – with someone like Judge Jackson on the Supreme Court; our country deserves someone deeply experienced, broadly supported, and someone whose elevation as the first Black woman Justice signifies a long-overdue step towards perfecting out union.

I am grateful to have had the chance to have met with the judge, I thank her for her time this morning, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to elevate this outstanding nominee to the Supreme Court very soon. Having met her and studied her record, she deserves the support of members from the other side of the aisle and I'm hopeful she'll get a good number of them to support her.

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