Take Action: Urge Tillis and Burr To Confirm KBJ

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination on Monday, April 4th, and the next step is for the full Senate to confirm her as part of their “Advice and Consent” role. Judge Jackson showed the Senate Judiciary Committee just how qualified she is for this role. Take a few minutes and urge NC’s US Senators to confirm her. Judge Jackson brings extensive experience as a public defender, a U.S. District Court Judge, and a U.S. Circuit Court Judge. She will be the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. Judge Jackson has bi-partisan support with 3 Republicans joining all or most of the Democrats, but she deserves more! Urge Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr to do the right thing and vote to confirm her. Here are their phone numbers and an example of what you can say, as well as more information.

Update: Judge Jackson was confirmed on 4/7/22, and both Burr and Tillis voted against her confirmation. Write them and/or write LTEs to call them out.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at Senate hearings in March 2022. Photo Credit: Vox
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in March 2022. Photo Credit: Vox

As National NOW said in their action on Judge Jackson,
“Judge Jackson has had an impressive and accomplished career. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. Judge Jackson has been a public servant for most of her legal career, but she has also worked for several private law firms. Additionally, she clerked for multiple federal judges, including the retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she will be the first justice to have served as a public defender, and one of the only justices in history to have experience representing criminal defendants.  Judge Jackson’s career speaks for itself. There are no legitimate reasons against her confirmation. “

Call both Senators and/or email them and urge them to vote to confirm her!
Richard Burr – 202-224-3154
Thom Tillis – 202-224-6342

Find other ways to contact Burr and Tillis here.

WHAT COULD I SAY? My name is [your name] and I live in [city in North Carolina]. I am calling to urge Senator [NAME] to support the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. This nominee has extensive legal and judicial experience and holds a highly impressive judicial record. It is abundantly clear that Judge Jackson is supremely qualified to assume this lifetime position. It is vital that Senator [NAME] votes to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) took part in the nomination hearings and treated Judge Jackson respectfully, as he should, but many other Republicans did not. And yet he announced on March 30 that he plans to vote against her nomination. The News & Observer editorial board said “with Jackson rejection, Tillis shows he’s still just a follower.” You may want to call Tillis on that, and suggest he be a leader rather than a follower.

Tillis tweeted in part,
“There is no doubt that Judge Jackson is well qualified and her nomination as the first black woman to the Supreme Court is historic. I was impressed with her knowledge, her composure, and her character during more than 20 hours of questioning.”

Burr could actually vote for her. He’s on his way out anyway (retiring), and he may want to change his record. Senator Burr has a long history of blocking nominations of Black women for the federal court in Eastern North Carolina. See “Senator Burr Blocks Another Black Female From 10 Year Judicial Vacancy (May 2016).” Burr blocked at least 3 of them from filling a federal judge spot in the Eastern District when Barack Obama was President. By voting for Judge Jackson, he could leave with a better record.

Both Senators voted against NC native Loretta Lynch for US Attorney General. Read more about that in “Senators Burr and Tillis and the Politics of Obstruction,” 5/18/16.

Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate. The Senate’s responsibility of “advice and consent” is to make sure the nominee is qualified, and if so, vote yes. If not, that will come out during the hearings.

Call and/or email your senators and remind them of their responsibility of advice and consent. Judge Jackson is eminently qualified and deserves their votes. Their reputations may improve as well.

Shortlink: https://wp.me/p22b2e-3KW

Note: Senators Burr and Tillis also refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court in 2016. Payback is heck as Judge Garland leads the Department Of Justice. Seems a much more powerful position in his hands, albeit shorter than a lifetime Supreme Court role. More at “Burr, Tillis say they won’t consider high court nominee,” 3/16/16. U.S. Attorney General Garland could always join the Supreme Court later.

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