CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Senator Dick Durbin pushes back against criticism of President Joe Biden’s vow to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court.
Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement last week – opening the door to President Biden’s first choice.
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Senator Durbin heads the committee that will hold the hearing for the nominee.
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“Let’s face reality here. We have had 115 Supreme Court justices in the history of the United States. 108 were white men. I really think there’s room for us to consider not just women, but also women of color to fill those vacancies,” he said.
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Senator Durbin says the new nominee could be confirmed in early April.