Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that he plans to nominate a Black woman into the Supreme Court as Justice Stephen Breyer will soon retire.
The US Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters). Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has publicly announced that he will soon retire. Hence, President Joe Biden plans to nominate Black women by the end of February, a record-breaking called “long overdue.”
In a letter sent earlier Thursday, during the announcement of Breyer’s retirement, he told Biden he expected to step down when the court begins its summer recess around late June or July. Biden also confirmed that he will follow through on his campaign promise to nominate a black woman to the high court. “assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed” by the Senate.
According to Biden, the person he plans to nominate will be remarkable with qualifications, character, who has more experience, and integrity. That will be the first-ever black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court. “It’s long overdue in my opinion” Biden added. Moreover, if confirmed, the nominee of Biden would be the 6th woman to be part of the court and the third black American to be approved since the first justice took his seat of office in 1789.
Justice Stephen Breyer
Breyer is an e 83-year-old and currently the oldest member of the court, he is also one of three liberal justices on the nine-seat bench. The court’s majority, which includes three members nominated by former President Donald Trump, has shown a willingness to flex its power in a growing list of divisive cultural issues, including abortion, guns, religion, and race.
Breyer’s retirement provides a crucial opportunity to Democrats in replacing one of the liberal justice with another before the midterm elections when Republicans hope to regain control of the Senate.