Biden has confirmed his campaign promise only to consider Black women for the next vacancy, and will make a nomination by the end of February.
Justice Stephen Breyer made it official today, he is retiring. But he’s not going to risk his seat sitting vacant and possibly subject to a Republican controlled Senate (either through the 2022 midterms or the death or incapacity of a Democrat Senator which might flip the Senate depending on the replacement). Breyer made his retirement contingent on his successor being nominated and confirmed.
“I intend this decision to take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year (typically late June or July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed.”
Breyer attended a White House event. Biden has reiterated that only Black women are under consideration, making good on his campaign promise. Biden said he intends to make the nomination by the end of February.
Biden says he has already been studying the backgrounds of potential replacements for Justice Breyer, focusing on their qualifications and experience. And he has made it clear he intends to make good on his campaign pledge that his pick “will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue in my opinion.”
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The president made some news during his remarks. He says he will be making a decision on his nominee by the end of February.
Mitch is on the case.
“The President must not outsource this important decision to the radical left. The American people deserve a nominee with demonstrated reverence for the written text of our laws and our Constitution.”
McConnell issues statement on SCOTUS vacancy: “The President must not outsource this important decision to the radical left. The American people deserve a nominee with demonstrated reverence for the written text of our laws and our Constitution.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 27, 2022
The person I nominate to replace Justice Breyer will be someone with extraordinary qualifications. Character, experience, and integrity.
And they will be the first Black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 27, 2022
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