President Joe Biden and his senior advisers meet with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti’s West Wing office. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)
Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has made Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee’s nomination a little more likely.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Manchin of West Virginia, has affirmed his support for Ketanji Brown Jackson signals a united front from Democrats on her nomination.
Manchin stated, “After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court.”
The 50-50 Senate means that any defection of Democrats would put the nomination in jeopardy, however, Manchin carries a lot of weight among moderates, and signals Democrats look to move forward with the confirmation.
Manchin recently ended the confirmation hopes of Sarah Bloom Raskin who Biden appointed to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, so breaks from his party are common, but have not occurred on judicial nominees.