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President Biden on Senate Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson
April 8, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the incoming Supreme Court Justice, discussed the historic significance of becoming the first black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. Amid applauses at the White House she said, “we’ve made it.” President Biden and Vice President Harris also gave remarks. Judge Jackson went on to say this moment is history is one all Americans can take pride in. Her remarks came just one day after the Senate confirmed her in a vote of 53 to 47. Three Republican senators joined Democrats to confirm Judge Jackson. President Biden thanked Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) for their support. Judge Jackson was nominated back in February 2022 after Justice Stephen Breyer announced he’d be retiring at the end of the court’s term in June 2022.

Complete Remarks from Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson After Being Confirmed to the Supreme Court | C-SPAN

April 8, 2022


Senate Session
April 7, 2022
The Senate votes 53-47 to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She is the 116th justice and first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Vice President Kamala Harris presides over the vote.

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WATCH: Jackson tears up, as Sen. Booker says she’s earned her historic Supreme Court nomination | PBS



Senate Session
April 4, 2022
The Senate voted 53-47 to move forward with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Mitt Romney (UT) were the only Republicans to vote in favor along with all Democrats. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was forced to discharge the nomination to the Senate floor after the Judiciary Committee deadlocked on the nomination by a party-line vote.

Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination​​​​​​​
April 4, 2022
The Senate Judiciary Committee met to vote on President Biden’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Committee members gave statements on their position, and whether they would support or oppose the nominee. After recessing the vote because of the absence of Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), the committee returned and voted along party lines, 11-11.


Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson​​​​​​​
Jackson​​​​​​​ Confirmation Hearing, Day 4
March 24, 2022
In the fourth and final day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, American Bar Association officials and outside witnesses testified in support of and against her nomination. The ABA said it found no evidence of any issues with Judge Jackson’s sentencing record or being “soft on crime” as alleged by Senate Republicans during her confirmation hearing. The non-partisan legal organization gave her a “well qualified” rating to serve on the nation’s highest court.

Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson​​​​​​​
Jackson​​​​​​​ Confirmation Hearing, Day 3 Part 1
March 23, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the third day of her confirmation hearing to be a Supreme Court justice. Judge Jackson responded to questions from Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Thom Tillis (R-GA) on a variety of issues, including limitations on executive power; increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, also known as "court packing"; overturning Supreme Court precedent, and being a defense attorney.

Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson​​​​​​​
Jackson​​​​​​​ Confirmation Hearing, Day 2 Part 1
March 22, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of her confirmation hearing to be a Supreme Court justice. During this portion, Judge Jackson responded to questions from Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) , and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on a variety of issues, including child pornography sentences, freedom of speech, the Second Amendment, the role of law enforcement and being “soft on crime,” and defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson
Jackson​​​​​​​ Confirmation Hearing, Day 1
March 21, 2022
In the first day of hearings on the appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, members and the nominee presented opening statements. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson stressed her interpretation and application of the law to each case would be done “without fear or favor.”


President Biden Nominates
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court​​​​​​​
February 25, 2022
President Joe Biden announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. As the president began his remarks from the White House, he said, “Today, as we watch freedom and liberty under attack abroad, I’m here to fulfill my responsibility under the Constitution to preserve freedom and liberty here in the United States of America.” President Biden said he made a commitment to pick a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy. During her remarks, Judge Jackson said she was “truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination,” and that she would never be able to fill Justice Breyer’s shoes. The president did not take questions from reporters


Martin Luther King III Holds News Conference on Voting Rights
January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King III, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and others held a news conference to call on the Senate to eliminate the filibuster and pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. The Deliver for Voting Rights campaign hosted this event at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

House Debate on Voting Rights
January 13, 2022
The House approved a measure that combines two voting rights bills. House passage starts a process that would allow the Senate to begin debate on voting rights legislation without any Republican support. Final passage in the Senate would still require a change to filibuster rules.


January 6 Committee Sends Mark Meadows Criminal Contempt
Referral to House
December 13, 2021
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol voted unanimously that Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress. Before recording their vote members of the committee shared texts messages, and other correspondence of Mr. Meadows from January 6, laying out his involvement in the events of that day. Mr. Meadows was chief of staff to former President Donald Trump.


January 6 Committee Holds Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress
October 19, 2021
The January 6 Select Committee voted unanimously, 9-0, to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to testify. The vote came one day after former President Trump filed a lawsuit aiming to block the committee from obtaining records related to the January 6 attack, where hundreds of his supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol.


President Biden Signs JUNETEENTH Federal Holiday Bill
June 17, 2021
President Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making it now the 11th annual federal holiday and the first one established since the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. “I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go down for me as one of the greatest honors I will have had as president,” he told an audience of lawmakers and guests at the White House. He added, “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments.” Also in attendance at the signing was Vice President Kamala Harris, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Opal Lee, the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and historically known as Jubilee DayBlack Independence Day, and Emancipation Day is a holiday in the United States.

The holiday commemorates the end of slavery, and is regularly observed with celebrations of culture.Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1866.

The day was recognized as a Federal Holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.


Economic Club Discussion on U.S. Capitol Attack and the Coronavirus Pandemic​​​​​​​
January 27, 2021
The Economic Club of Washington hosted a two-panel discussion on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, upcoming legislation in Congress, and medical communities' response to the coronavirus pandemic. During the first portion, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Tom Reed (R-NY) talked about their experience during the attack as well as the House moving forward on impeaching former President Donald Trump for a second time. They also discussed coronavirus pandemic economic relief legislation and the possibility of a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Then, executives from Kaiser Permanente, iNOVA Health Systems, and Medstar Health talked about the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges they were facing regarding vaccine distribution. They spoke about the need for a consistent federal response across all 50 states to better manage the pandemic.


U.S. Capitol Attack
January 6, 2021


Opening Day 117th Congress U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 2021
The U.S. House gavels the 117th Congress into session, swears in members and holds the speaker election.

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