President Joe Biden will get a chance to nominate a Justice of the Supreme Court. Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of his current term. Breyer is the oldest member of the court and has served since 1994 when he was nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Donald Trump was able to place three Justices after Republicans in Congress blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. The high court currently has a 6-3 majority in favor of conservative judges.
That will not change with Biden’s new nominee. However, the president is hoping to place a black woman on the court. The next term begins on October 3, 2022. White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed the retirement today via Twitter.
“It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today. We have no additional details or information to share from @WhiteHouse”
As long as they act in a timely manner, Democrats shouldn’t have any trouble pushing Biden’s nominee through. Only a simple majority of the Senate is needed to approve a Supreme Court nominee. Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie breaker in case of a party line split.
We’ll see what names Joe Biden has on his short list soon enough. While Biden won’t be able to shift the balance of power on the court like his predecessor, he is hoping his pick will stand up for what is right. Whoever it is will surely be subject to some major scrutiny from Republicans.
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