It’s the last hurdle for Brett Kavanaugh.
Republicans appear to have the votes needed to confirm Kavanaugh and tilt the Supreme Court in favor of conservatives for years to come. A full Senate vote is scheduled sometime after 4 p.m. Saturday.
For weeks, Kavanaugh’s future has hung in the balance during hours of hearings, FBI investigations and a smattering of sexual assault allegations. The remarkable and ugly set of twists and turns over the weeks all ended at the doorsteps of several key lawmakers.
Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, waited until Friday to announce how they would vote. By the end of the day, there was a slim, 51-49 vote tally in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Collins’ dramatic decision, laid out in a nearly 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh.
“It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy,” she said. “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
Murkowski, the only Republican who voted against Kavanaugh in a procedural vote Friday, said in a speech on the Senate floor late Friday that since her vote opposing Kavanaugh would not keep him off the high court, she would instead vote “present” as a collegial gesture for her Republican colleague Sen. Steve Daines, who supports Kavanaugh but is attending his daughter’s wedding Saturday.
The gesture won’t change the final vote but change the tally to 50-48 in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
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Source: USA Today