Young to vote ‘no’ on Ketanji Brown Jackson

Sen. Todd Young and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Sen. Todd Young and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson(WPTA)
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 10:13 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young on Friday said he would join the growing list of Republicans to vote against the elevation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

In a statement, Young said:

After carefully reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s judicial record and statements, I will not be supporting her nomination. The role of a Supreme Court justice is to apply the law as written and uphold the Constitution, not legislate from the bench. Both Judge Jackson’s record and testimony during her confirmation hearings indicate that she does not adhere to originalism as her guiding judicial philosophy.

Every nominee to our nation’s highest court deserves a thorough but fair vetting, which was not afforded to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees. Restoring civility to the Supreme Court confirmation process is in our national interest. It can help rebuild trust in both the Court and the Senate itself.

Throughout this process, I have taken my constitutional responsibilities seriously by researching Judge Jackson’s record and reviewing her testimony. I appreciated Judge Jackson taking time to meet with me this week and respond to my questions, but I will be a no vote when her nomination comes to the Senate floor.

Only one Republican senator has thus far signaled a “yes” vote on the nominee: Maine Sen. Susan Collins. Indiana’s junior senator, Mike Braun, is among the 22 Republicans who have stated they will vote “no.” Others have yet to make an announcement.

Despite the widespread opposition from the GOP, the nomination is expected to succeed, based on the anticipated overwhelming support within the ranks of Democratic senators. With Collins voting in favor, it would take two Democrat defections to jeopardize the nomination.

Young and Braun also voted against Jackson when she was elevated to the federal bench in 2021.

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