Senate identifies Supreme Court candidates with experience in federal employee issues

The Senate voted 53-47 on Thursday, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Circuit (previously considering the issue of federal officials) filling Judge Stephen Breyer’s retirement in the Supreme Court. It was confirmed.

Jackson, a judge in the US Court of Appeals at the DC Circuit, was the first black woman to be appointed to appear in the High Court. She appeared in the Court of Appeals with a 53-44 vote last June, Senator Susan Collins, Maine, Lisa Marcussky, Alaska, Lindsey Graham, RS.C. I got the support of. Democratic Party. Overall, she was confirmed by the Senate three times before Thursday’s historic vote.

Biden said when he nominated Jackson, pointing out why she was elected to the High Court.

“Today we are watching over freedom and freedom being attacked abroad. I am here to fulfill my responsibility under the Constitution to protect freedom and freedom here in the United States,” said the President. Said. “While our government was too long, our courts didn’t look like America. Now is the time to have extraordinary qualified candidates that reflect the talent and splendor of our country. I think it’s time to encourage all young people to believe that one day they will be able to serve the country at the highest level. “

The White House said in a statement that Jackson was “one of the brightest legal counsel in the United States,” “a very capable candidate, a historic candidate, and the Senate had a fair and timely hearing. We should move forward with confirmation. “

Nominee and federal employees

Prior to entering the Court of Appeals, Jackson, 51, was a judge, public defender, and secretary to Breyer in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

Jackson’s decision got used to seeing To a federal employee. While in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, she challenged the legality of a trio of presidential orders aimed at facilitating the dismissal of federal officials and significantly limiting the way unions conduct collective bargaining and representation. He presided over a federal staff union proceeding. An employee signed by President Trump in May of that year.

Brown Jackson concludes that the presidential directive is inconsistent with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. This is because it ignored Congress’s conclusion that sincere labor-management relations were in the public interest and improperly “excluded” the federal government’s right to collective bargaining.

“As for the merits of the union’s allegations, statutory language associated with past precedents indicates that the president has the authority to issue presidential orders that carry the power of law regarding federal labor relations. It is indisputable that no such order can be made. Act to eliminate the right to group negotiations as envisioned in. [statute]”In this court’s view, the disputed provisions of the presidential directive in question have that cumulative effect,” she wrote.

The Trump administration has appealed the decision, and in 2019 a committee of three judges overturned the decision for procedural reasons, instead the union must first challenge the presidential order in front of the Federal Bureau of Labor. I found that it wouldn’t be. When Biden took office, he withdrew the edict, Expansion Collective bargaining obligations to include tolerant and non-mandatory subjects.

President Everett Kelly of the U.S. Government Employees’ Federation praised Biden’s decision, saying Jackson’s ruling on Presidential Trump’s orders “protected the union rights of federal workers and showed the limits of a corrupt administration.” Her reasoning accurately illustrates the principled and independent judicial notion that should be characteristic of the Supreme Court of our country. ”

Erich Wagner and Courtney Buble contributed to this report..

Updated, Thursday, April 7, 3:35 pm ET Senate identifies Supreme Court candidates with experience in federal employee issues

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