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(The Hill) – President Biden’s pledge to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court is receiving renewed attention following reports that Justice Stephen Breyer is considering retirement, giving Biden the opportunity to appoint his replacement.

Almost immediately after reports emerged Wednesday that Breyer planned to retire, Democrats made calls for Biden to nominate a candidate who followed through on his campaign promise.

“In the wake of Justice Breyer’s retirement, I want to express my support for President Biden in his promise to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Democrat of Senate No. 3. in a report.

“The Court should reflect the diversity of our country, and it is unacceptable that we have never had in the history of our nation a black woman serving on the Supreme Court of the United States – I want to change that,” said- she declared.

Biden repeatedly during the election campaign promised to appoint the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. He also said he compiled a list of black women eligible for court appointment.

“We’ve talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure everyone is effectively represented,” Biden said during a debate. Democratic primary in February 2020.

He reiterated that commitment the following month, saying, “I pledge that if I am elected president and given the opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I will appoint the first black woman to the courts. It is necessary that they have representation, now it is long overdue.

House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.), a staunch Biden ally and one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress, had urged Biden to bring up the idea of ​​appointing a black woman to the court during the debate in February, as stated in the book “Lucky”.

Clyburn, speaking to Bloomberg TV last September, said he felt it was important to address the issue with Biden and remind him “it’s a simmering issue in the African-American community that the Black women think they have as much right to sit on the Supreme Court as any other woman, and until then none had been considered.

Biden’s words carry even more weight now that Breyer, 83, is considering leaving the bench.

Breyer’s retirement comes after months of calls from liberals for him to make way for a younger judge to take his place on the court while Democrats have a slim majority in the Senate. The chamber is split, 50-50, with Vice President Harris serving as the deciding vote.

The timing of Breyer’s departure is consistent with the modern trend of Supreme Court justices resigning when the White House is controlled by the same party that originally nominated them, a dynamic known as “strategic retirement.”

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