Deadlock slows Brown Jackson nomination (includes video story)

A deadlock in the Senate Judiciary Committee has slowed the nomination of judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The committee is evenly split, 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans, all of whom voted along party lines, creating a deadlock. While this has slowed the nomination process it does not stop her nomination from moving forward. Democrats hope to confirm her by the end of this week. Maine Senator Susan Collins has also announced her support.

As Brown Jackson continues to meet with Senators, two more Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, have announced they will be voting to confirm her elevation to the Supreme Court.

With now three Republicans supporting her, Brown Jackson is expected to make history and become the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court in its 233-year history.

Sophia Lama is a senior at Florida International University majoring in broadcast journalism. She was ABC 7 Chicago’s first-ever race and culture reporting intern. Currently, Sophia is a part of the NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion fellowship in Washington, DC and is interning for ESPN.