A major poll has found that most Americans want Biden to consider “all nominees” for the Supreme Court. At the same time, senators are split, DNC hits fundraising high, Russia tensions and more in Democratic politics.
President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court, but the most recent poll from ABC /Ipsos found that 76% of Americans believe he should consider “all possible nominees.”
Only 23% of Americans want Biden to automatically follow his commitment to putting a black woman on the Supreme Court.
ABC reported that during a ceremony at the White House that honored retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Biden told reporters he could honor his pledge to put a black woman on the bench without compromising on quality.
“The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity,” Biden said. “And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”
“It’s long overdue, in my view,” Biden added. “I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
As Congress returns from a one-week break, growing tensions from Russia will be at the forefront, along with Biden’s legislative agenda.
President Biden is expected to send up to 8500 troops on alert for possible deployment, as senators are close to an agreement on a sanctions bill that would include sanctions that could be levied against Russia now, The Hill reported. The bill would consist of additional aid to Ukraine and more severe penalties if Moscow invades the neighboring nation.
Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Risch (R-ID), the committee’s top Republican, are drafting what they call the “mother of all sanctions” against Russia. CNBC reported that defense analysts say Moscow is willing to risk “real financial harm” and all-out war to achieve its political objectives over Ukraine.
Russia has assembled roughly 100,000 troops at Ukraine’s border but denies it has plans to invade its neighbor, a former part of the Soviet Union.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a new high in its year in fundraising, as it raised $10.7 million in December, adding to a total of $157 million overall in 2020, ABC reported.
The packed war chest comes as the Democratic Party prepares to face tough midterm election races across the country amid poor polling numbers by The Biden administration across a wide range of issues, including inflation, the economy, crime, and more.