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Biden’s Court Pick Sets Up Senate Fight as a Proxy for 2022 Vote

  • Democrats can confirm Breyer successor without GOP help
  • Schumer eyeing quick timeline for hearings, confirmation
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Some Republicans are promising a pitched fight over President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, a battle that will mean more for midterm election campaigns than it will for deciding who replaces Justice Stephen Breyer on the bench.

Biden and Breyer will announce the justice’s retirement on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the matter, clearing the way for Biden’s first nomination to the nation’s highest court. The eventual nominee’s confirmation, which will be determined on a simple-majority vote, is all but assured if Democrats stay as united on Biden’s Supreme Court pick as they have been on his nominees for lower courts.