Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke on the Senate floor immediately before the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Below are some of Senator Schumer’s remarks:
“This is a wonderful day, a joyous day, and inspiring day: for the Senate, for the Supreme Court, and the United States of America.
“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is beloved by individuals and organizations across the political spectrum. I went through her record carefully, and never did I find one instance of a peer or colleague or associate say one negative word about her.
“I want to thank all of my Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee – you were just fabulous, every one of you – for your respectful and insightful examination of the Judge’s record.
“And I want to thank my Republican colleagues who chose to take this process seriously, no matter which side you voted on.
“In short, this is one of the great moments of American history. At the time of our Constitution’s ratification, in most states you had to be a white, male, Protestant, landowner to be considered part of American society. Generations of Americans have sought to establish the United States as a full democracy. We fought a bloody civil war to end slavery. Women organized and reached for the ballot. The civil rights movement brought an end to the vicious segregation of the mid-20th Century.
“Today, we are taking a giant, bold, and important step on the well-trodden path to fulfilling our country’s founding promise. This is a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it is an even greater moment for America, as we rise to a more perfect union.”