President Joe Biden’s nominee to get a strong appeals court who is also being watched as a potential future Supreme Court pick cleared a procedural barrier Thursday from the Senate and is on track for affirmation once next week.
The Senate also supported Zahid Quraishi since the country’s first Muslim national judge.
Despite opposition from some Republicans, the Senate agreed 52-46 to cut off discussion on the appeals court nomination of U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, significance her confirmation for a chair on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is all but assured.
The Senate has ramped up its acceptance of Biden’s judicial nominees in recent months and the room also cut off debate Thursday on Quraishi, a federal magistrate, and confirmed him 81-16 to get a judgeship in the District of New Jersey. Quraishi had previously served as a military prosecutor, an Army captain and a helper U.S. attorney.
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But it is Jackson who’s got the most attention one of Biden’s early picks because she is considered a likely future nominee for the Supreme Court. Her confirmation to the appeals court is expected to occur when Monday