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The White House says President Joe Biden is committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
Press secretary Jen Psaki underscored that pledge at the White House briefing, hours after reports that liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire at the end of the summer.
Watch her briefing in the player above.
Psaki said the White House would have no comment on the news until Breyer makes the formal announcement of his retirement himself.
But she said since taking office, Biden has nominated a historic number of judges to the federal bench who are people of color, suggesting “that is the evidence of his commitment…I would point to.”
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Since Biden took office in January 2021, he has installed five Black women on federal appeals courts, with three more nominations pending before the Senate.
By the end of his first, Biden had won confirmation of 40 judges, the most since President Ronald Reagan. Of those, 80% are women and 53% are people of color, according to the White House.
The 83-year-old Breyer has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center.
Breyer’s departure won’t change the 6-3 conservative advantage on the court, since his replacement will be nominated and almost certainly confirmed by a Senate where Democrats have the slimmest majority.
It also makes conservative Justice Clarence Thomas the oldest member of the court at 73.
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