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Joe Biden says United States Supreme Court will appoint its first Black woman judge

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With Breyer’s retirement, Biden will have a relatively easy time naming a replacement for the lifetime seat on the Supreme Court provided his Democratic Party has control of the Senate.

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that, for the first time in history, he will nominate a Black woman to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat created by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

“I haven’t made a decision,” Biden said in a White House address, “save that the person I nominate will be someone with remarkable qualifications, character, experience, and integrity.” “And she will be the first Black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States.” Speaking alongside Breyer at a podium, Biden expressed his desire for a quick nomination process, promising to name his nominee by the end of February. With Breyer’s retirement, Biden will have a relatively easy time naming a replacement for the lifetime seat on the Supreme Court provided his Democratic Party has control of the Senate.

Six conservatives and three liberals presently sit on the Supreme Court. Biden will now be able to choose another liberal-leaning judge to the court, ensuring that the balance is maintained. Breyer has been pressured by liberals to resign in order for Biden to get his nominee through the Senate before the midterm elections in November when Republicans are expected to win a majority in Congress and therefore control the approval process. Donald Trump had the unusual opportunity as president to choose three new justices to the Supreme Court, radically changing the court’s political leaning for years to come.

Biden’s one pick so far will have a fraction of that impact. However, the Democrat will be grateful for a successful confirmation process, which will give his party a much-needed morale boost ahead of the midterm elections. Republican senior Senator Mitch McConnell advised Biden not to “outsource this crucial choice to the radical left” in an immediate reminder of the tensions that sometimes accompany Supreme Court nominations.

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