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Biden to get Supreme Court’s top pick as Justice Breyer retires

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Biden to get Supreme Court’s top pick as Justice Breyer retires

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US President Joe Biden will appoint his first Supreme Court Justice following the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer.

Biden promised on his campaign trail that he would appoint a black woman to America’s highest court, and the White House reiterated that on Wednesday. Such a move would be historic.

Once Biden picks a nominee, Democrats said they would move to quickly confirm the person with their slim Senate majority.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Biden’s nominee “will receive a speedy hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be reviewed and confirmed by the full US Senate with deliberate speed.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will review the nominee and hold confirmation hearings that typically span three days. The full Senate will vote on the nominee once the committee approves the nomination.

Republicans changed Senate rules under the Trump administration to allow simple majority confirmation of Supreme Court nominees.

Justice Breyer has served on the Supreme Court since 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

His abandonment will not change the balance of the court, currently 6-3 with a conservative advantage. The 83-year-old judge worked to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center.

Clarence Thomas, 73, will now become the oldest member of the Supreme Court.

Biden to get Supreme Court’s top pick as Justice Breyer retires

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