Susan Collins to make Supreme Court decision ‘relatively soon’

Late. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRomney planning ‘a much deeper dive’ on Jackson after opposing her for appeals court Collins to have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson This week: House set to vote on marijuana legalization bill MORE (R-Maine) on Tuesday met with Judge Ketanji Brown JacksonKetanji Brown JacksonRomney planning ‘a much deeper dive’ on Jackson after opposing her for appeals court House passes bill to honor Ginsburg and O’Connor with Capitol statues Collins to have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson MORE for a second time, saying she would decide “relatively soon” if she’ll support her Supreme Court nomination.

“I had a good meeting with Judge Jackson. She provided clarification on some of the issues, so it was a useful meeting and I’ll reflect on her answers tonight, ”Collins said after the meeting.

Collins said she used the meeting to ask follow up questions stemming from Jackson’s Supreme Court hearing last week.

Collins indicated that she would not have additional meetings with Jackson, crediting her for being “generous” with her time.

Collins and fellow GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRomney planning ‘a much deeper dive’ on Jackson after opposing her for appeals court Collins to have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson Why Sarah Palin is still with us MORE (Alaska) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRomney planning ‘a much deeper dive’ on Jackson after opposing her for appeals court Collins to have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson Biden muddies line with Vladimir Putin MORE (SC) voted for Jackson last year for her appeals court spot.

Collins is viewed as the most likely Republican “yes” vote. She’s supported every Supreme Court nominee since she joined the Senate except Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettHouse passes bill to honor Ginsburg and O’Connor with Capitol statues Collins to have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson Jackson faces growing GOP opposition on Supreme Court MOREwhom she opposed because the vote came just weeks before the 2020 election.

Former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Who is helping guide Jackson’s nomination through the Senate, said afterwards that it was the first second meeting Jackson has had with a senator.

“It was a very good meeting,” Jones added.

Asked about the possibility of Jackson getting bipartisan support, he added: “We’re not taking anything for granted. The confirmation vote’s still to come, and so we’re going to keep working. ”

Democrats can confirm Jackson on their own as long as all of their members support her and Vice President Harris breaks a tie.

Democrats want to confirm her before they leave town for a two-week break starting on April 8.

“The Senate is on track to have Judge Jackson confirmed by the end of this work period,” Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWhy does Congress want China to win? Romney working on GOP counteroffer to new Dem COVID-19 funding plan Advocacy groups: Title 42 ‘undermines our trust in the administration’ MORE (DN.Y.) said on Tuesday.

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