The move was expected as Mr. Biden had previously announced that he would do so if the opportunity to appoint one of the nine justices to the nation’s highest court should arise during his tenure.
Although various names are circulating to replace Judge Breyer, whose resignation was aired on Wednesday, the Democratic president indicated that he had not yet made his choice. He says he wants to do it by the end of February.
” I have made no decision, except one: the person I will appoint will have extraordinary qualifications, personality, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman appointed to the Supreme Court. It’s high time, in my opinion »
The appointment of a judge to the Supreme Court of the United States is the prerogative of the American president. However, it is up to the Senate to confirm this appointment, in a simple majority vote.
Currently, the upper house of Congress is made up of 50 Democratic and 50 Republican senators, with the casting vote going to Vice President, Democrat Kamala Harris.
If the Senate were to endorse the choice of the president, the Supreme Court would approach parity since four women, out of a total of nine judges, would sit there for the first time in history.
It would also be the first time the court had two African Americans, the other being Judge Clarence Thomas, appointed by George Bush Sr. 30 years ago.
He himself replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court between 1967 and 1991.
However, this appointment will not change the balance of power in the court, currently composed of six judges considered conservative and three others, progressives.
President Biden took advantage of his speech at the White House to testify to the
gratitude of the nation to Stephen Breyer, who stood by his side.
The 83-year-old magistrate, known for his progressive views and playfulness, held up a copy of the Constitution.
Believing that American democracy was
an experiment still in progresshe said :
I am an optimist, I am sure she will succeed.
More details to come.